Turkey with a side of savings

first_img 77SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Thanksgiving Day is a time for relaxing with family and friends and reflecting on life’s blessings. While the holidays can be hectic for some, it’s important to not let challenges, including financial stress, put a damper on the season. In order to fully enjoy and appreciate Turkey Day, there are a few things you can do to have a happy Thanksgiving without busting your budget.Assign sidesOne way you can surely save on Thanksgiving dinner is asking your friends and family to bring a side dish. If you take care of the big items such as the turkey, dressing, and drinks, assigning sides for others to prepare and bring will save you time and money.Think aheadStart your preparations now and you’ll surely save more than if you wait until the last minute. Many stores will feature holiday bargains leading up to the big day, so keep on eye on circulars and coupons.Don’t overdo itOnce you know how many guests to expect, make plans for feeding exactly that amount of people. It’s natural to want to have leftovers for an endless amount of turkey sandwiches, but resist the urge to buy more food than what’s really necessary. Because chances are, your family will get sick of turkey and you’ll end up wasting food (and money).Don’t use disposablesAs cute as those festive paper plates are, don’t spend your money on disposable party supplies. They may be easier when it comes to clean up, but just think how much money you’ll save by using plates and glassware you already have.last_img read more

Kapuas Hulu in W. Kalimantan declares two-week state of emergency following massive flooding

first_imgThe Kapuas Hulu administration in West Kalimantan has declared a 14-day state of emergency in response to massive flooding that damaged at least 980 residential homes in the region last Sunday.The state of emergency was declared last Monday and is expected to end on Sept. 27. National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Raditya Jati said the clean water supply from the local tap water company had not yet been restored for Kapuas Hulu residents. However, the BNPB’s rapid-response team was monitoring the distribution of government-provided staple food and clean water to affected residents.  “The rapid-response team reported that the food aid both from the West Kalimantan administration and private businesses will be soon delivered to the affected residents,” Raditya said in a written statement on Sunday.He also reported that the region was gradually recovering from last week’s flood disaster with some residents having returned to the town.The BNPB noted 11 districts that were severely impacted by the flood, namely North and South Putussibau, Bika, Kalis, Embaloh Hilir, Bunut Hilir, Jongkong, Selimabu, Suhaid, Semitau and Silat Hilir.Flooding caused by seasonal heavy rainfall in West Kalimantan resulted in water levels rising 100 centimeters last week, inundating hundreds of houses.No casualties were reported but the disaster has forced residents to flee their homes and find shelter on higher ground.The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has predicted that heavy rainfall coupled with lightning and strong winds will occur in the region on Sunday and Monday and therefore urged residents to stay alert for possible floods, landslides and wind storms.The BMKG also warned several other provinces including South Sumatra, West Java, South Sulawesi and Papua about the possibility of heavy rainfall and lightning storms on Monday.Topics :last_img read more

Leicester impress with victory over Munster

first_img Williams missed the conversion but did add the extras to Kiwi lock Fitzgerald’s first Champions Cup touchdown just four minutes later, as Munster were made to pay for a mistimed lineout. But Foley’s side clawed back eight points in a determined start to the second period, a lunge over a Leicester ruck seeing Cronin pinch an opportunist try and Keatley landing a straightforward penalty after Ayerza was binned for a late tackle on Conor Murray. That good work was undone when Keith Earls, having fielded Seremaia Bai’s chip kick, was turned over by the Tigers centre. Youngs grasped the opportunity to sprint through from the ruck, evading three defenders to dive over just to the right of the posts. Williams converted for an 11-point lead. On the cusp of their third defeat in as many weeks, Munster hung in there with a jinking run from Earls and Mark Chisholm’s flat pass putting replacement hooker Sherry over in the 66th minute. The tricky conversion was nudged wide by Keatley, though, and with man-of-the-match Lachlan McCaffrey increasing his influence at the breakdown, Bell’s boot duly confirmed Leicester’s third European victory on the trot. Press Association The margin was cut to four points courtesy of a James Cronin try and Ian Keatley penalty, but Leicester took the sting out of Marcos Ayerza’s sin-binning and Youngs marked the signing of his new contract with a terrific solo score. With 62 wins in their previous 66 European outings at Thomond, Munster rallied in typical fashion with a five-pointer from Mike Sherry. However, Leicester wrapped up the result with two closing penalties from replacement Tommy Bell. Playing into a stiffening breeze, Munster leaked a soft penalty in the opening minute which Owen Williams clipped over, before Robin Copeland’s rampaging run brought the hosts into scoring range. Frustratingly, Anthony Foley’s men emerged pointless from a dominant early spell that included a lineout maul near the right corner and a couple of attacks out wide that ended in handling errors. A defence-splitting break from prop Cronin teed up Keatley for the levelling 13th-minute kick. Some superb footwork from Telusa Veainu had Leicester threatening just in front of the Munster posts, but Dave O’Callaghan won an important ruck penalty to relieve the pressure. Keatley rewarded BJ Botha for a ruck poach, booting the province in front from the 10-metre line, before Tigers failed to profit from Youngs’ classy counter from a tap penalty. After Williams squared things up with a very well-struck effort from halfway, Keatley sent a poor penalty wide on the half hour and the Munster fly-half blotted his copybook again when his missed tackle allowed Goneva to power over in the left corner. The game’s first try owed much to a tremendous maul from the Tigers pack that took them right to the Munster line. Goneva had a lot of work to do when fed by scrum half Youngs on the left wing, but Keatley’s slip invited the Fijian winger through for a brilliantly-finished score. Bringing back memories of their famous 2007 win at the old Limerick fortress, Tigers tightened their grip on top spot in Pool 4 thanks to tries from Vereniki Goneva, Mike Fitzgerald and Ben Youngs. The visitors ruthlessly punished two individual errors before half-time to establish an 18-6 advantage, Goneva squeezing over in the left corner and Fitzgerald dotting down from an overthrown Munster lineout. Leicester underlined their credentials as European Champions Cup contenders this season with a clinical 31-19 dismissal of Munster at Thomond Park. last_img read more

Picture special: Hundreds turn out for Manus Kelly Tribute Night

first_imgOVER 600 people packed into the Mount Errigal Hotel last night for a tribute night in memory of the late Manus Kelly.Pictures by Brian McDaidThe Glenswilly man died tragically in June while competing at the 2019 Donegal International Rally – an event he had won in each of the previous three years. Manus had so many strings to his bow, from his family, to politics, to rallying, Gaelic football, business and life in general.It was in rallying circles where he was best known. Many competitors and friends turned out to pay their tributes on what was an emotional night of reflection.The father-of-five was a newly elected Fianna Fáil County Councillor at the time of his death. Leas-Cheann Comhairle Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher and Charlie McConalogue TD led a large Fianna Fáil representation on the night, with several County Councillors also present.Ballyshannon native Sean Perry conducted a public auction with 13 items raising in excess of €70,000. A silent auction took place online at the same time and also proved a huge success.  Denis Ferry and his son, Matthew, traveled the length and breadth of Ireland getting a shirt signed by all previous winners of the Donegal International and the item raised €12,000 last week in New York.A Memorial Trust has been established in Manus’s honour.“Our goals are to keep Manus’ legacy and memory alive, and also to assist Manus’s wife Bernie and their children in their future, which is what was at the heart of what Manus lived for,” the Trust says.The proceeds raised will have a phased distribution and the Trust has four trustees – Donall Barrett, Paul Doyle, Seamus Doherty and Damian Doherty.Anne Mc Fadden and Roseleen ConnellyPaddy O’Donnell with Bernie and son Manus at on of Manus’ first rally car which was on show tonight at the Mt Errigal Hotel.Cllr Martin Mc Dermott, Cllr Rena Donaghey, Charlie Mc Conalouge T.D. Cllr Davy Mc Dermott with Susan and John Byrne.Bernie Kelly arriving at the Mt. Errigal with her son Manus as they are greeted by Terry Mc EniffDrew and Andrew Russel at the tribute night for Manus Kelly.Donal Barrett with Seamus and Anne Neely.Paddy O’Donnell with Bernie and son Manus at on of Manus’ first rally car which was on show tonight at the Mt Errigal Hotel.Bernadette and Kelvin Keys and Dervala LaffertyJackie Callaghan, Cllr Noreen Mc Garvey, Ann Gallagher , Pat the Cope Gallagher T.D., Charlie Kelly and Gerard Callaghan.Jannie McDaid, Kelvin and Bernadette Keys Brenda Lynch and Conor Mc ClaffertyThe late Manus Kelly family at the tribute night including Donal and Jacquline sisters Breigeen, Kelda, Ciara and Shannagh brothers Donal, Caolan, Teigharan and Leon. Photo Brian McDaidEddie Fries who travelled home from New York for the tribute evening for Manus Kelly pictured with the Mayor of Donegal Nicholas Crossan and his wife Rosemary.Donal Barrett with Declan Boyle and Andrew Nesbitt at the Manus Kelly tribute evening.Donal Barrett with Seamus and Anne Neely.Meave and Seamus Mc Laughlin at the Manus Kelly night.Damien and Olive Daly at the function.Seamus Hegarty , Declan. Boyle and Conor Curley .Donnagh Kelly Conor Foley and Andrew Nesbitt at the Manus Kelly ni,ght.Copper Mc Fadden Neil Gallagher , Lee Gildea and Paul RodgersMichael and Mary Black with Garry Mc Elhinney and Pauric Mc Ginley.Ann and Tony Kelly with Alan TyndallCharlie Kelly pictured with Garry and Kerry Jennings at the Mt. Errigal Hotel.Bridie and Tommy Keys and Bridie ConboyAustin Mc Hale, Garry Jennings , Tim Mc Nulty, Gareth Mc Hale and Arron Mc Hale.Dermott and Eileen Mc Gettighan , Cathal and Dale mc Gettigan at the Mt Errigal.Picture special: Hundreds turn out for Manus Kelly Tribute Night was last modified: November 24th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Google Launches Music Search: Partners with MySpace, Lala, Gracenote and Others

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Google#news#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois Google has just announced the launch of Google Music. This new service is powered by Lala and MySpace’s iLike. Other partners include Gracenote, iMeem, Pandora and Rhapsody. Google has also partnered with the major music labels: EMI, Sony Music, Universal Music Group and Warner Music. Through Lala and iLike, Google will also be able to feature music from a large number of independent labels. This new service will be available only in the US for now and will be integrated in the default search results page.Rumors about the impending launch of Google’s music initiative flared up last week when members of the press received invitations to an event in Los Angeles that was going to feature both iLike and Lala (not to mention “members of Linkin Park”). Users could already use the parameter “music:” to bring up Google’s music search, though Google never promoted it, and this old feature didn’t include the ability to stream music right on the page. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting What Will This New Feature Look Like? In this new implementation, users can’t choose between the Lala or iLike widget. Instead, Google will randomly decide which widget a user sees. This gives Google the option to switch between services and to include other services in future as well.Buy Songs from Rhapsody – See Lyrics from GracenoteUnderneath the music onebox results, Google will feature links to its other partners, like Rhapsody and iMeem, where users will be able to purchase MP3s.Google’s partnership with Gracenote also allows it to show lyrics in the search results now. As Marissa Mayer pointed out in today’s announcement, finding lyrics is still very hard on Google. Now, users can type lyrics into the default search box and Google will return results from the music search feature, and users can play the song right on the search results page.Big Winners: Lala and MySpace The big winners here are obviously Lala and MySpace/iLike. For Lala, this has been an especially busy period. Just last week, Lala announced a partnership with Facebook. It now powers Facebook’s music gifting service. iLike has a traditional streaming model. The company streams some song full length and some as 30-second samples. Users can buy MP3s from iLike for between $0.99 and $1.29. MySpace bought iLike earlier this year, and the widget on the Google search results page will be MySpace-branded.Lala’s business model is more interesting. Users can stream every song on the service once for free. After that, customers can buy the right to stream it for $0.10 or buy the MP3 for $0.89. Users can also upload their own music library to Lala and then stream those songs freely over the Internet.How important this move is for the two streaming music services becomes clear when we look at the current traffic data for music-related searches on Google. Update: We just had a quick chat with Lala’s CEO Geoff Ralston after the event. The Lala team is obviously very excited about the partnership with Google and as Ralston told us, the company worked with Google for quite a while to get this new feature up and running. According to Ralston, Lala’s partners in the music industry were very supportive of the integration. We also asked him if he was worried that the new influx of traffic was going to bring Lala’s servers down. Google, however, stress tested Lala’s servers and couldn’t bring the service down with up to 550 queries per second.What Does Google’s Current Music Traffic Look Like? Hitwise’s Heather Dougherty took a close look at Google’s music traffic earlier today. According to Hitwise’s data, about 6% of last month’s top 1000 search terms on Google were music-related. In total, Google sent about 1.48% of its traffic to music sites. The majority of these searches (15.32%) lead to a Wikipedia site, but almost 10% currently go to YouTube, 5.7% to Yahoo Music and 3% to MySpace.  Now that users can listen to music right from the search results page, these services – including Google’s own YouTube – will likely see a drop in music-related traffic over the next few weeks. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Choosing and Installing Windows in the ProHOME

first_imgWith the window plumb, square, and centered, the outside guys draw lines along the two side flanges so the window can be quickly reoriented after the sealant is applied. The inside guy tilts the window out about 8 inches at the top — enough for one of the outside guys to run a 3/8-inch bead of TiteBond Ultimate MP sealant along the top and sides of the window buck.The other outside guy keeps a hand on the window as a backup to the inside guy. The bottom flange is not sealed so any water collected in the sloped sill pan can drain outward. Paying for a solar arrayThe ProHOME is not a Passive House, so it wasn’t necessary to keep the heating load below a particular threshold. Instead, the goal is to create a pretty good thermal envelope and limit air infiltration to between 1.0 and 1.5 ach50. The significant savings from foregoing triple-pane windows can be used on a photovoltaic array. Accordingly, the windows are double-pane Marvin Integrity units, which have a fiberglass frame and will stand up to the coastal weather in Rhode Island.Maines still contends, however, there is a comfort argument for triple-pane windows that may sway the opinions of some clients, as the surface temperature of the interior glass can be significantly warmer than that in double-pane windows in the winter. A cold window surface chills occupants sitting near it even if the ambient air temperature at the thermostat is in the 70s. When the window is tilted back into the rough opening, the flanges are realigned to the lines and then screwed off. We used 1 1/4-inch galvanized pan head screws instead of the 2-inch roofing nails that the instructions call for. Screws go in faster than the nails, and there’s less risk a poorly aimed hammer whack will damage a window frame. Since we are fastening directly to the 2×3 window bucks, I’m not concerned that the screws don’t penetrate as deeply as the nails would. Windows and doors are unique in that they are an important aesthetic component of the house and also a critical part of the building envelope. And, as part of the envelope, they uniquely affect energy consumption through their insulating properties and their ability to add heat to a home through solar heat gain.Let’s tackle the performance issues first. Designer Michael Maines started with a combination of fixed, casement, and awning windows to maximize energy performance. For operating windows, the hinged action of casement and awning windows closing onto the weatherstripping seals better than double-hungs, where the weatherstripping between the upper and lower sashes slides past each other at the check rail. Preventing small amounts of air leaking through the window assembly pays dividends when we get to the mechanical systems and for the comfort of anyone sitting near a window.In a high-performance house, the choice between double-pane and triple-pane windows is fraught. Builders and designers typically have strong opinions on the subject. They fall either into the camp of using the highest-performing windows they can find, or the camp of using high-quality double-pane windows and directing the saved money elsewhere. Maines leans heavily toward the first camp. Mike Guertin, the builder, is firmly in the second camp.The price differential between double-pane and triple-pane windows for the ProHOME project was roughly $7,500. Using BEopt (the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s free Building Energy Optimization modeling software package), Maines found the triple-pane windows saved about $32 a year at current electric rates. (It’s an all-electric house.)Whether you evaluate increased spending on performance from a break-even or return-on-investment standpoint, the numbers aren’t going to work out at any point during the life cycle of the windows. With the window plumb, square, and centered, the outside guy draws lines along the side flanges so the window can be set correctly when the sealant is applied. Careful installation is keyThe Warwick CTC students spent about a week installing windows for a couple hours a day. The process started with Bruce flashing the window bucks back to the Zip wall sheathing and then the students installing the sill pan flashing and rough-opening jamb flashing. The window installation is just as meticulous.We worked in three-person teams, with one inside person who passed the unit out, centered the window and then shimmed it level under the direction of the two outside workers. The outside guys checked the windows for plumb, applied sealant along the sides and top, bedded the flanges into the sealant, and then screwed the unit to the bucks. It took 30 to 45 minutes to install and flash each Integrity window properly. This is in addition to the rough opening preparation we did earlier.After the window is centered in the rough opening, the outside crew checks for plumb and square.First the window is centered in the rough opening by the inside guy. Then the outside guys check for plumb and square. They instruct the inside guy to lift and shim if necessary. Very few windows needed any shimming, as it turned out. Editor’s note: This post originally was published as part of the ProHOME series at Fine Homebuilding magazine. Sean Groom, a former editor at FHB, leads it off with a discussion of how these windows were chosen, and FHB editorial advisor and builder Mike Guertin picks it up with instructions on how to install the windows correctly. When the window is tilted back into the opening, flanges are lined up with the pencil marks. The four corners of the window flanges on the Integrity windows require a sealing patch. This is in addition to the backflashing step we took when preparing the windows for installation.The adhesive foam pieces have to seal to the window frame and over the open corner of the flanges. We pressed the patch pieces in place with a mini flat bar to ensure good adhesion in the cold temperatures — low 40s / upper 30s.Each corner of the window flange needs a foam sealing patch.In addition, a strip of housewrap is taped over the face of the flange. It helps deflect any wind-driven rain that enters in the joint between the trim.ProtectoWrap’s SuperStick window flashing tape seals the window to the flashing tape applied between the Zip wall sheathing and onto the face of the window bucks. Integrity flanges are mechanically attached to the frame of the window, so the flashing tape must be bonded to the side of the window jamb by 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch.The head flashing tape Bruce installed weeks earlier when he applied the Zip tape around the window bucks still had a strip of release paper along the bottom edge. We removed the release paper and folded the head flap down over the top flange and window frame.For more, use this link to see a short video with Mike Guertin on how windows should be installed in a high-performance building.last_img read more

Why I’ll Buy An iPhone 5 (& Mark Zuckerberg Will, Too)

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts jon mitchell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting I always wanted a Swiss Army knife when I was a kid. A Swiss Army knife packed everything a boy needed into a sleek, pocket-sized frame. In high school, the desire for a Swiss Army knife gave way to longing for a mythical gizmo my friends called The Device: a mobile computer that did everything. A few years later, I had it in my pocket. The iPhone is my Swiss Army knife, and a brand-new one was announced today. Here’s why I’m itching to get my hands on it.At one of its classic, exclusive press events Wednesday, Apple introduced the iPhone 5. It has a taller screen with five rows of icons, a thinner case and a metal back. The CPU and graphics are twice as fast, the display has more accurate colors, the cameras are better, the wireless radios are faster. It looks perfect for me — a more rugged Swiss Army knife with room for additional tools.This will be my second iPhone. In fact, not counting the Samsung Galaxy Nexus test unit I’ve been checking out, it will be my second smartphone, period. I’ve used the iPhone 4 since the week it became available in June 2010. My home button went bad a few months ago, and Apple replaced my phone with an identical copy, but that doesn’t count. It’s the same phone, and I’ve kept its tools extra sharp.I love Google. Even as an iOS person, I use Google to handle my email, calendars and maps (until iOS 6 comes out), and I like it that way. But I’m never going to rely on the cloud. I don’t even rely on iCloud. I need a device that runs the best native software in existence to do everything I do digitally, and it has to do so quickly and smoothly all day long, whether I’m online or not. The iPhone is the only one for me.Mobile Computing In The Real WorldEvery week, I run into a scenario in which every computer at my disposal fails me – except the iPhone. On Tuesday, I was at TechCrunch Disrupt to cover Mark Zuckerberg’s first interview since Facebook went public. I should have learned my lesson at Google I/O, but I didn’t; the only computer worth bringing to a tech convention is an iPhone. I should have left the rest at the office.There weren’t any seats left when I arrived an hour and a half early, so I sat on the floor behind all the camera tripods, next to a trash can. As I prepared my Mac apps, I used the iPhone to take photos and laugh with my Twitter people.I was content to type on my laptop, even after standing people blocked my view of the screen – but then the Wi-Fi went dead, and there were no Ethernet ports around. So I stood up and pulled out the iPhone.Byword is a smart enough app that I could thumb-type like crazy and be sure everything would be legible. I entitled my note “Zuckerborg” (on purpose), pre-typed a few headers, and then I watched the show and tapped along with my thumbs.Zuck’s posture was as ridiculous as ever, moreso because of how Mike Arrington dwarfed him on stage. But he nailed the interview. And to my delight, much of it was about the iPhone.“Mobile is what matters in the long term,” Zuckerberg said. He admitted that Facebook’s decision two years ago to base its mobile strategy on HTML5 was a mistake. Facebook needed native mobile apps, so it turned the ship around and built them. Now that Facebook has a real iPhone app, the number of Newsfeed stories read by its users on the iPhone has doubled.“Now we are a mobile company,” Zuckerberg told the audience. Facebook bought Instagram, one of the most beloved iPhone-first apps ever, because he wanted to keep that app and its team as a close partner, he said. Instagram is an iPhone-built, quintessential smartphone experience, and Facebook wants that in its DNA.Arrington poked Zuckerberg repeatedly about a rumored Facebook phone, and Zuck repeatedly denied it existed. “It’s so clearly the wrong strategy for us,” he said. Everybody is building a phone, Zuckerberg pointed out, and Facebook is “going the opposite direction,” building a network that lives everywhere. Arrington kept asking anyway, and Zuckerberg kept saying no, Facebook is not building a phone.Of course, Steve Jobs said the same thing before 2007. But a Facebook phone wouldn’t be a Swiss Army knife like the iPhone, and Zuckerberg has clearly decided that Facebook needs to be a blade on that device.“I basically live on my mobile device,” Zuckerberg said at the end. He wrote the founder’s letter for Facebook’s S–1 filing on his phone. That’s a pretty cool Swiss Army knife story.So now that Apple’s updated Swiss Army knife is out, I’ll be getting one. The iPhone is my personal computer. It’s with me when I need it. It works when all the bigger ones fail. If a given tool doesn’t work for me, I can swap it out for a different one, thanks to the intrepid army of iOS developers. A new row of icons on the iPhone 5 will bring me the same joy my eight-year-old self felt when he beheld a gleaming, red pocket knife.center_img Tags:#Apple#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Italy, Uruguay to clash for last-16 berth

first_imgLuis Suarez after scoring a goal against England.Italy and Uruguay will clash on Tuesday to decide which team will proceed to the last 16 stage from Group D in the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2014. While a draw will be enough for Italy to proceed to the next round, a win is a must for Uruguay to advance to the last 16.While Italy will be banking on its experienced line up, Uruguay will be hoping that Luis Suarez will perform like he did against England.Team wise Italy looks in better shape. However, they will not like to take Uruguay lightly especially after losing to Costa Rica. Uruguay, after defeating England 2-1, are in a upbeat mood and will prove to be a difficult challenge for Italy.Considering that only one team will proceed to the next round, a high-octane competition is expected from both the teams.last_img read more

LeBron Doesnt Get Better In The Playoffs Hes Always This Good

Best regular-season statistics, among players who declined as little in the playoffs as LeBron James Hakeem Olajuwon1985-0224.4.184+4.5+1.2+.003+0.1 Walt Frazier1968-7520.0.203+3.9-0.1-.010-0.3 Kevin Durant2010-1727.1.253+6.4-3.6-.077-3.0 PLAYERPLAYOFF YRSPERWS/48SPM*PERWS/48SPM* LeBron James2006-1728.6.258+6.9-0.9-.021-0.8 Magic Johnson1980-9623.9.222+5.1-1.0-.014-0.6 Michael Jordan1985-9828.8.275+7.5-0.2-.019-0.6 LeBron James’s postseason legend continues to grow with each passing year. In recent campaigns, the Cleveland Cavaliers star has even appeared to flip a switch in the playoffs and instantly perform at a higher level. Certainly he did last season, elevating his production markedly from the regular season,1His Player Efficiency Rating (PER) jumped from 27.5 during the regular season to 30.0 in the playoffs, and his Win Shares per 48 minutes (WS/48) from 0.241 to 0.274. and he has shown signs of a boost so far this postseason as well.Playoff LeBron — the destiny-fueled superhero sent to the postseason to capture the Larry O’Brien Trophy — is mostly an optical illusion to basketball fans. Over the course of James’s career, he’s pretty much played the same in the playoffs as we’d expect from his regular-season stats. But because James is so good, just maintaining his remarkable regular-season numbers is by itself a feat — and something that many other stars (past and present) have been incapable of doing.To compare a player’s regular season and playoff production, I gathered advanced stats — including Player Efficiency Rating (PER), Win Shares per 48 minutes (WS/48) and a composite “statistical plus/minus” (SPM) that blends the other two metrics together2The resulting metric is adjusted for team and weighted so as to best align with ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus, and is also scaled to represent points above/below per 100 possessions. You can read about it more in this story I wrote about Chris Paul’s incredible career stats. — for all NBA and ABA players since 1963.3For accounting purposes, that was the first season for which we know exactly how many minutes a player split between teams if he switched teams mid-season. Then I tracked how much each player improved or declined when he reached the playoffs.4Specifically, I took a career average for each player, weighted in accordance with how many regular-season and playoff minutes he logged each season.The vast majority of NBA players play worse in the postseason, which makes sense given that the playoffs contain the league’s most difficult opponents. The typical player tends to see his PER drop by 1.1 points, his WS/48 by 0.028 points and his SPM by 1.1 points during the playoffs. James is not immune to this dynamic, but he’s managed to resist the drag of the playoffs more than most. Here are the best regular-season players in my sample, along with how their stats changed in the playoffs (through Sunday’s games): REGULAR SEASONCHANGE IN PLAYOFFS Bob Lanier1974-8420.1.179+3.3+0.8-.002-0.1 Wilt Chamberlain1964-7323.9.239+5.8-1.9-.044-1.5 Who maintains their skills in the postseason? (1963-2017) Stephen Curry2013-1726.7.259+6.5-4.1-.074-2.9 Dirk Nowitzki2001-1624.4.224+5.1-0.7-.037-1.4 So, no, James isn’t Hakeem Olajuwon, who somehow managed to play better in the postseason than he did in the regular season. (Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs is adding to his own legend in that department as we speak.) But James’s regular-season numbers are also better than Hakeem’s, or Magic Johnson’s, or basically everyone else in NBA history. Whether it’s the regular season or the playoffs, you can pretty much expect the same LeBron. He’s great all the time.Check out our NBA playoff predictions. David Robinson1990-0325.5.245+6.4-2.4-.047-1.8 Michael Jordan1985-9828.8.275+7.5-0.2-.019-0.6 Magic Johnson1980-9623.9.222+5.1-1.0-.014-0.6 Chris Paul2008-1726.7.272+6.8-0.5-.054-2.0 Average qualifier17.3.144+1.8-1.1-.028-1.1 Rick Barry1967-8021.6.167+3.0+0.1-.013-0.5 Karl Malone1986-0424.4.214+5.1-3.2-.075-2.8 Shaquille O’Neal1994-1127.4.219+5.8-1.3-.035-1.4 PLAYERPLAYOFF YRSPERWS/48SPM*PERWS/48SPM* Charles Barkley1985-9924.3.216+5.1-0.1-.024-1.0 Jerry West1963-7423.5.226+5.0-0.3-.025-0.8 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar1970-8923.4.216+5.0-0.3-.022-0.7 REGULAR SEASONCHANGE IN PLAYOFFS * SPM, or Statistical Plus/Minus, is a mixture of PER and WS/48 that weights each according to how well it correlates with ESPN’s Real/Plus Minus. It is scaled to represent a player’s net points above average per 100 possessions. Data is throughSunday’s games.Source: Basketball-Reference.com LeBron James2006-1728.6.258+6.9-0.9-.021-0.8 Kawhi Leonard2012-1720.2.203+4.3+1.4+.012+0.5 Bill Russell1963-6917.6.179+3.3+0.6-.021-0.4 Tim Duncan1998-1624.4.210+5.3-0.1-.018-0.8 Michael Jordan is always a popular comparison point for King James when it comes to playoff heroics. Jordan did retain more of his output in the playoffs than LeBron has over his career, but MJ is also the exception here — like he is in most basketball-related things. Contemporary stars Chris Paul, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have all experienced far bigger drop-offs in the playoffs than James, as did legends of yesteryear such as Karl Malone and (gasp!) Larry Bird.5I was shocked to see how much Bird’s production dropped during the playoffs over his career, given that he won three championships. All told, James’s regular-season-to-playoffs dip is roughly the same as Tim Duncan’s — pretty good company.James’s ability to maintain his output in the playoffs is even more impressive when you consider that his regular-season numbers are really, really good. It’s easier to display postseason improvement when you are starting with a lower bar. The players who raised their production the most during the playoffs — think Pistons legend Isiah Thomas or ex-Warrior Baron Davis6Amazingly, Davis had the biggest leap in SPM between the regular season and playoffs of any player since 1963! — tend to be moderately good, but not great, regular-season performers. Among players who retained as much of their regular-season selves in the playoffs as James, only Jordan played at a higher level during the regular season: Larry Bird1980-9224.1.212+5.1-2.8-.040-1.7 * SPM, or Statistical Plus/Minus, is a mixture of PER and WS/48 that weights each according to how well it correlates with ESPN’s Real/Plus Minus. It is scaled to represent a player’s net points above average per 100 possessions. Data is throughSunday’s games.Source: Basketball-Reference.com read more