Rookie Paschall’s multi-layered offense a bright spot for Warriors in loss

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Heading into the draft, Eric Paschall believed that he could get a decent amount of playing time as a rookie, albeit nothing major. But with the Golden State Warriors gutted by a litany of injuries, Paschall will assume the responsibility of taking on big-time minutes.After Saturday night, he might just become a focal point of the offense, too.Paschall balled out in Golden State’s 93-87 loss to the Charlotte Hornets, dropping a career-high 25 points along with four rebounds …last_img read more

Why Your Knuckles Pop

first_imgScience reporter Corey Binns occasionally decorates LiveScience with articles about the human body that are informational as well as amusing.  His latest is about cracking knuckles and creaking joints.  We have four kinds of joints (pivot, ball-and-socket, sliding and hinge), which he illustrates with diagrams that look like machinery.  The pops and creaking noises, he says, come from gas bubbles escaping from fluid that lubricates and cushions the moving parts.  But then, that’s a pretty amazing thing.  “A protective fluid cushions most of the joints in our bodies,” he says.  “Inside a capsule that safeguards bones connected at a joint, synovial fluid keeps the cartilage, tissues, and muscles lubricated and well nourished.  Nutrients float inside the fluid, along with gases, such as oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide.”  Stretching those joints forces gas bubbles out – that makes the snap, crackle and pop we hear.  “Before your knuckle can crack again, the fluid must reabsorb the gas.”  Other noises can arise from tendons and ligaments snapping back into place, like rubber bands, when we stretch or get up from a sitting position.    Binns leaves it as a debate whether cracking knuckles is harmful.  But if you are doing it too often as a habit related to stress, well, that’s another issue.  But creaking or not, joints perform a wide variety of functions.  Binns lists several: “A baseball pitcher uses the tremendous range of motion of the ball-and-socket joint in his shoulder to throw fastballs,” he says.  “And sliding joints in the backbone make gymnasts’ backs so flexible.”  Even shaking your head yes or no demands fluid-lubricated cushioning in the joints.Every kid finds out that our bodies do funny things.  Parents usually get a load of physiological questions: Why do we yawn?  What makes our ears pop when we drive down from the mountains?  Why do our legs fall asleep?  Why do they call it a funny bone when it hurts?  Why does my stomach growl?  What causes goose bumps?  How come milk comes out my nose when Susie makes me laugh at breakfast?  These are teachable moments.  As simple a thing as cracking a knuckle points to an underlying marvel of design.  Something has to manufacture a special lubricating fluid, filled with nutrients, to keep our joints supple and responsive.  Without it, imagine the pain and wear that would quickly beset us.  Our joints, our hearts, our senses, our brains – our bodies usually outlast every artificial technology.  It’s only when things go wrong that we appreciate how many things must work together within tight constraints just to get through an ordinary Monday.    The fact that we are curious about our bodies is a curiosity in itself.  Our self-consciousness points to a reality that is more than physical.  We sense ourselves inhabiting our bodies, as if our selves are mere tenants.  We are surprised by the passage of time.  C. S. Lewis pointed out how strange this sensation is.  We live in time; why should we be surprised by its flow, any more than a fish should be surprised by the wetness of water?  These realizations are signposts to a reality beyond the temporal, for which the soul within us yearns.  They cannot be explained by materialism.    The Bible speaks of our bodies as temporary dwellings.  Peter wrote of his body as a tent (II Peter 1:13; Paul also in II Corinthians 5:1-7); Paul spoke of possessing treasure (the knowledge of the glory of God through Christ) in jars of clay (II Corinthians 4:7).  Viewing our bodies, with all their infirmities, as temporary dwellings can give hope to those who love God and His salvation in Christ.  Pity the evolutionist who must view this life as the only shot in a senseless lottery.  Paul continued (II Cor. 5:17), “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”  To be “in Christ” is to already have the Spirit of God as a guarantee, he said; the only thing left to claim is our new glorified bodies, after these old knuckles loosen their grip on this world, to crack no more.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

John Wall leads Wizards past Lakers

first_imgWall ended the first half with a baseline jumper over 7-foot-1 center Tyson Chandler to make it 71-51. Wall turned and slapped palms with a couple of front-row folks, then spread his arms wide and basked in the ovation from a home crowd populated by plenty of spectators in LA jerseys.“I know all the Lakers fans out there probably was upset,” Wall said, rolling his eyes.By then, Wall already had 28 points, outscoring LA’s five starters — James, Ball, Chandler, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart — by six.Recently acquired reserve forward Sam Dekker scored a season-high 20 for Washington, including a buzzer-beating bank shot at the end of the third quarter that put the hosts ahead 99-76.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a season-high 25 points for the Lakers, 15 in the second quarter.Washington was without starting center Dwight Howard, who had back surgery, and injured starting forward Otto Porter Jr., while a pair of players — Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers — were unavailable because they are on their way out of town via a trade that is still not officially complete.Didn’t matter on this night, thanks in large part to Wall.“When he gets going,” Dekker said, “it really sets the tone for us.”TIP-INSLakers: Michael Beasley was back with the team, but didn’t play, after being away for personal reasons. … JaVale McGee missed the game with flu-like symptoms. … A pair of sneakers James wore during a game at the Wizards a year ago Monday — one black, one white, with the word “equality” in capital gold letters on the back of each — was recently placed on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. … Ball finished with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments Dwyane Wade makes more New Orleans memories, Heat beat Pelicans Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño So it made sense that Wall’s reeling and undermanned Washington Wizards, amid so much losing and infighting and roster flux, would dominate James and his rising Los Angeles Lakers throughout a 128-110 victory Sunday night.“We’re a team that’s built on energy and depth,” James said. “We didn’t have either tonight.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefA day after he and Lonzo Ball each registered a triple-double in a win at Charlotte, the four-time NBA MVP had six rebounds and three assists and sat out the fourth quarter of a lopsided laugher.“We did a good job of making it a little difficult on him, showing him a lot of bodies, active hands,” said Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who had 25 points and 12 rebounds. Wizards: The deal bringing Trevor Ariza to Washington from the Phoenix Suns is still not official, so Oubre and Rivers were listed as inactive Sunday because of “trade pending.” … Markieff Morris left at halftime because of a neck strain. … Porter missed his third game in a row with a bruised knee. … Jeff Green started in Porter’s place and scored 20 points.UP NEXT:Lakers: At Brooklyn on Tuesday to close a four-game road trip.Wizards: At Atlanta on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Wall said the key for Washington was its defensive effort, something often missing this season.“Tried not to let LeBron get going,” Wall said. “He missed a couple easy shots he always makes. Didn’t get a couple calls driving to the basket. … It’s one game, but we know he is who he is.”Nothing the Lakers tried to do to slow Wall worked as the Wizards emphatically ended a four-game losing streak, going up by as many as 18 in the first quarter and 27 in the third.“Box-and-1. Triangle-and-2. I haven’t seen that since high school,” Wall said.James and the Lakers had been 5-1 in the second half of back-to-back sets this season, but they opened Sunday’s game by going 5 for 19, 0 for 8 on 3s. Washington, meanwhile, made its first five shots and 13 of its first 18, taking a 26-8 lead on Wall’s layup.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) goes for a layup past Los Angeles Lakers guards Lance Stephenson (6) and Josh Hart (3) as Washington forward Troy Brown Jr. (6) looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Al Drago)WASHINGTON — John Wall was at his attacking best: 40 points and 14 assists; one no-look, through-the-legs assist; one buzzer-beating rainbow step-back jumper.LeBron James was at his sluggish worst: a season-low 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more