Summary of “The revival of Jaylen Brown, the Boston Celtics’ surging star”

Jaylen Brown, blinking from the sudden daylight, sighed heavily.
The offensive development of Jaylen Brown has become a trendy talking point now that his back-to-back career-high playoff performances have staked the Celtics a 2-0 first-round series lead over the Bucks.
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“Brown bided his time during his rookie season, aching for more minutes he felt certain he deserved. When Avery Bradley strained his Achilles tendon and missed 16 games in February 2017, Brown was plugged into the starting lineup. Instead of harassing second-unit players, Brown was suddenly chasing around CJ McCollum and JJ Redick.”We threw him to the wolves,” Stevens says.
During the regular season, Jae Crowder was the most frequent defender on Bulls star Jimmy Butler, but he was ineffective, so Stevens switched Bradley onto Butler, making him indispensable on the floor and cutting into Brown’s time.
Stevens, sensing Brown’s despair, initiated an impromptu meeting with him before Game 6 at the team hotel in Chicago.
The Celtics played Washington in the second round, and Stevens gave his rookie another shot, incrementally increasing his time until Brown logged 19 critical minutes in Game 7.
There is no higher standard than what Jaylen Brown envisions for himself.

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Summary of “Brandon Jennings’s Roads Not Taken”

Within the past six months, Jennings has played in China, in the G League, and finally, in the NBA. Nearly a decade removed from announcing his arrival in the league with a 55-point game two weeks into his career, Jennings finds himself in a far different role.
Brandon Jennings scores 6 PTS and starts shimmying .
While classmates DeRozan, Kemba Walker, and Tyreke Evans prepared for college, Jennings signed a three-year, $1.65 million contract that included a buyout clause allowing him to leave after one season for the NBA. Between that and a deal he signed with Under Armour, Jennings says he made $1.2 million in his first year out of high school.
“In European basketball, it is very rare,” says Ibrahim Jaaber, an American who spent five seasons playing overseas, including that season alongside Jennings in Rome, “For someone that age to be treated as anything other than a kid.”
Jennings often rode the bench in Italian League games but found opportunities to play against competition from the rest of the continent, particularly in games against teams from weaker leagues.
While the Bucks played five-on-four, Jennings writhed on the other end of the court, smacking the hardwood, grasping his ankle, eyes closed, in agony.
Jennings didn’t feel ready to commit to playing the rest of his career abroad. A return to the NBA - and more than that, a return to the level of play he’d once shown - became his goal.
In games, Jennings spent his G League stint doing the same things he did in China, toying with defenders, showing himself to be a talent unlike most any other player in the league.

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Summary of “It’s time to let go of your entertainment backlog”

There is simply too much entertainment happening all the time.
Maybe you missed The Wire and want to go back and watch.
At one point in my life, I had a notebook where I wrote down a bunch of movies that I wanted to watch.
If you let it, entertainment will make you feel like you’re in a constant game of catch-up.
The average American doesn’t watch absolutely every Marvel movie and TV show that comes out.
Aside from the fact that it costs a lot of money to go to the movies and buy new games, there just wasn’t enough time in my life to see every Oscar-nominated movie and play every critically acclaimed indie and AAA game.
Whether your entertainment backlog is a constantly updating list you have stashed away in the back of your mind or a an actual physical wishlist of things you want to consume, I urge you to get rid of it, especially if it’s causing you stress.
It’s important to remember that entertainment is just that: Entertainment.

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Summary of “Zach Lowe’s 2017-18 picks for All-NBA, All-Defensive and All-Rookie”

The advanced numbers flip both ways; their player efficiency ratings are dead even.
For me, 39 games played is not enough for any season-long honor.
Even with DeRozan broadening his game, Lowry may still be Toronto’s best and most important player.
It’s with Curry and Paul likely doing so despite a big gap in games played.
Yes, LeBron has almost always played with nominal point guards.
Players recorded an effective field-goal percentage almost 6.5 percentage points worse than expected – based on shot location and defender proximity – when Antetokounmpo was the closest defender, one of the largest such figures in the league, per tracking data from Second Spectrum.
That’s always the tough part with All-Rookie: How do you compare guys putting up numbers on terrible teams with others fitting nicely into small roles on good teams? Players have no choice in which team drafts them.
With some nod toward raw production, I gravitate toward guys you could at least envision playing the style they flashed as a rookie for a real team.

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Summary of “God of War review”

About midway through God of War, Kratos and his son Atreus sit in a canoe in the middle of a lake, listening intently to a disembodied head recount the tawdry and tragic dramas of the Norse gods.
For all the changes to tone and ethos, this is still a God of War game, and you can feel that in the joy of the combat.
In the early hours, God of War feels, if not like a follow-up to the original game, then a creative revamping.
As the 2005 God of War took the individual great combat ideas from its time and blended them together, so does the new God of War for a new era.
God of War, like last year’s Nier: Automata and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, rewards the player who inspects its immaculately designed world as if it were a hidden object game.
God of War takes a good deal from role-playing games.
God of War embraces a certain degree of ambiguity, freeing the player to discover their own methods, and tackle the journey how they see fit.
A decade ago, director Cory Barlog helped establish the God of War franchise as an iconic gory and debaucherous video game romp.

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Summary of “Zach Lowe’s 2017-18 picks for NBA MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and more awards”

His clutch numbers are something out of “NBA Jam.” Kevin Love, Cleveland’s second-best player by a comically wide margin in the wake of the Kyrie Irving debacle, missed almost exactly the same number of games as Houston’s second-best player, Chris Paul.
Houston has been the league’s best team wire-to-wire, and Harden its best player.
Given equal statistical profiles, it is hard to reward an alpha player whose team – the fourth seed entering Wednesday in the junior varsity conference – is beset by constant, season-threatening melodrama.
Michael Jordan spoiled us into thinking that a top-five player should win 55 games every season.
It’s possible for the league’s second- or third-best player – and maybe its very best one – to toil on a middling playoff team.
The toughest player award, with a resolution that leaves me more confused about how we should judge it.
We have collision of precedent: No player has won having logged as few games in a non-lockout season as Gobert or Embiid; Kawhi Leonard appeared in 64 games three seasons ago, one more than Embiid this season, and eight more than Gobert.
We didn’t see quite that level from anyone in that many games, and in an era when almost everyone misses 10 games, I can stomach voting for a stud who played 56.Rookie of the Year.

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Summary of “A Gentleman’s Guide to the NBA: When Players Agree to Take Plays Off”

100 percent effort on 100 percent of plays would sap even the greatest of deities of their godly gifts and transform contests into stumbling slogs.
Typically, veterans propose the potential pact while lining up outside the paint, which is often how young players first hear of the tradition.
Most players question opponents about their intentions before committing.
Players might be cool with taking plays off, but nobody wants to be singled out for doing so by coaches the following day.
On offense, players will sometimes tip off their opponents mid-possession if they know the ball’s not coming their way.
Of course, not all players are as gentlemanly as others.
The prevalence of these sorts of handshakes offers some of the league’s more ruthless players the opportunity to deke relaxed opponents.
Then there are players like Sixers rookie Ben Simmons, who acknowledged not caring for treaties made between opponents.

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Summary of “A Gentleman’s Guide to the NBA: When Players Agree to Take Plays Off”

100 percent effort on 100 percent of plays would sap even the greatest of deities of their godly gifts and transform contests into stumbling slogs.
Typically, veterans propose the potential pact while lining up outside the paint, which is often how young players first hear of the tradition.
Most players question opponents about their intentions before committing.
Players might be cool with taking plays off, but nobody wants to be singled out for doing so by coaches the following day.
On offense, players will sometimes tip off their opponents mid-possession if they know the ball’s not coming their way.
Of course, not all players are as gentlemanly as others.
The prevalence of these sorts of handshakes offers some of the league’s more ruthless players the opportunity to deke relaxed opponents.
Then there are players like Sixers rookie Ben Simmons, who acknowledged not caring for treaties made between opponents.

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Summary of “Ranking the Five Best 20-Game Stretches of LeBron James’s Career”

Which raises the question: Where does this recent James run rank among the best multiweek stretches of his career? To attempt to answer that question, I examined every contiguous 20-game stretch he’s played-including both regular-season and postseason action, and using 20 because that was his game count between the All-Star break and Sunday’s game-and sorted them by cumulative game score, a statistic invented by John Hollinger that combines all the box score stats into one all-inclusive number.
February 7-March 23, 2018 30.3 points per game, 10.2 rebounds, 10.5 assists, 2.1 steals + blocks, 56-40-67 percent shooting, 27.41 cumulative game score.
Slightly edging out James’s cumulative game score in the first 20 games after the All-Star break is his 20-game score starting with that February win against Minnesota.
January 14-February 26, 2013 29.7 points per game, 7.9 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 2.5 steals + blocks, 61-42-80 shooting, 27.70 game score.
It’s a bit of a surprise that James’s 2017 playoff performance ranks in the top five while his 2016 doesn’t, but that latter stretch doesn’t come all that close to the top five of his career by game score.
James struggled from both the 3-point and free throw lines in the 2016 postseason and scored just 26.3 points per game, so despite his frenzied finish to that season-41 points apiece in games 5 and 6 against the Warriors, then a triple-double in Cleveland’s Game 7 win-it doesn’t rate as well over multiple weeks.
In spring 2009 he combined a massive scoring load with proficiency in those other categories, and in this stretch, which comprised the end of the regular season and all but one game from Cleveland’s aborted playoff run, James either scored 30 points or dished five assists-or both-every game.
December 30, 2009-February 9, 2010 32.3 points per game, 7.2 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 3.0 steals + blocks, 52-38-77 shooting, 28.63 game score.

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Summary of “The 16 Types Of Video Game”

Below is a list of the major types of video game, as they pertain to our everyday lives.
Every publisher these days wants their game to become your new Mainstay, but only the most extremely dedicated gamer can maintain more than one Mainstay at a time.
Maybe it’s a Switch port of a game you’d never play if you were at home and had more options, like Skyrim.
Maybe there’s someone you’ve got a crush on, and they’ve got you playing an online game you otherwise would avoid.
Maybe it’s a game you like watching because the streamer is funny, or it’s a story-based game and you’d prefer to experience it as a Let’s Play, or live along with everyone in chat.
It’s the game you turn to instead of some better, more acclaimed game that part of you feels like you “Should” be playing.
Maybe it’s a narrative game like Life is Strange, or a puzzle game like Monument Valley or an interesting co-op game like A Way Out.
What types of games do you play, and how do you categorize them?

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