Dallas Mavericks Not Interested in Pursuing D’Angelo Russell

The Dallas Mavericks are at a crossroads. After one of the most disappointing collapses in NBA history, the team failed to even make the play-in tournament this year. Even with trading for Kyrie Irving to pair up with Luka Doncic mid-season, Dallas is in massive need of reinforcements for Doncic, especially if they want him […]

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Cranberry Mousse Salad

Ok I’ll let you in on a little family secret. We love jello salads. It’s a shocking revelation, I know. We are the family that takes great pride in making most everything we eat from scratch, but yet there it is,a jello salad. We love our jiggly, sweet, gelatinous, with no redeeming qualities “salads”. There is always at least one jello salad at every family gathering. Some of them are reserved for certain holidays only. Christmas jello (yes that’s it’s official name) for example, is only served once a year at Christmas. It’s a big deal, just ask anyone in my family about the year mom forgot to make it. Not good!
It was fine when were all young, living at home, eating our jello salads amongst those of like minds, but now we’ve added husbands to the mix.Over the years, there have been a few raised eyebrows and confused looks on some of their faces at the presence of the jello salads at almost every family get together.If any of them are brave enough to question the presence of the jello they get an earful. Likely from everyone of us! Hubs once commented, “wow you guys really like your jello!” Yes. Yes we do! It’s delicious, fun to eat, and oh so pretty, What’s not to love?!
This one is really delicious and may have to become our Thanksgiving jello salad! 

I made these sugared cranberries to decorate my salad.

Cranberry Mousse Salad

1 six ounce package, raspberry flavor gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1 can 20 ounce crushed pineapple
1 can whole-berry cranberry sauce
3 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups sour cream or Greek yogurt
1/2 cup chopped pecans

In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Drain the juice from the pineapple.
Set the pineapple aside and stir the pineapple juice to gelatin. Stir in
cranberry sauce, orange juice, zest and nutmeg. Chill until the mixture
thickens, about 10 minutes. Fold in sour cream, pineapple and pecans. Pour into a
glass serving bowl or an oiled 9-cup mold. Chill until set, at least
2 hours. Yield: 16-20 servings.

Estimating the Impact of Aging on 3FG%

The impact of aging on player performance interests me, but I haven’t really done anything useful in this area. Baseball’s recent debate (really fantastic stuff) on the topic of player aging curves has motivated me to take a closer look at the affect of aging on 3pt shooting.

Ed Küpfer’s three year old post on aging is the best resource I know of on the topic, but I’m sure he’s got something more useful than what’s in that post. That said, I’d like to specifically estimate an aging curve for the 3pt shooting abilities of NBA players.

The Data

Using Basketball-Reference.com‘s excellent Player Season Finder, I collected 3pt shooting data for players that attempted at least two 3pt shots during any season from 1999-00 to 2008-09. This resulted in a data set containing a little over 3300 player seasons.

The Model

Individual 3pt shooting performance is more than a function of player ability and age, but in this case I’m specifically interested in estimating the affect of age. Further, I would like to estimate an aging curve for each player under the assumption that each player has their own unique aging curve.

To do this, I’ve chosen to use a multilevel model that allows the intercept and slope to vary by player, as this model allows for the estimation of a unique aging curve for each player. The aging curve is assumed to be of the form [latex]alpha + beta_{0}(age) + beta_{1}(age^{2})[/latex].

The Results

The model fit estimates the the average player’s peak age in 3pt shooting ability is 29, and the p-values for the [latex]beta_{0}[/latex] and [latex]beta_{1}[/latex] coefficients in the model form listed above are both less than 0.01.

The estimates for each player are listed in the following spreadsheet: 3FG% Aging Estimates

In this spreadsheet you will find each player’s estimated peak age along with 3FG% estimates for each player from age 20 to 40.

With the exception of Andre Miller, most peak ages are plausible. For a player like Miller, the model suggests his 3pt shooting ability has been declining since starting his NBA career.

Individual Players

Below you will find graphs of estimated aging curves for some player’s 3FG%. In addition to the estimated aging curve, you will see points plotted that represent the actual 3FG% for the player at the specified age.

LeBron James Estimated 3FG% Aging CurveKobe Bryant Estimated 3FG% Aging CurveSteve Nash Estimated 3FG% Aging CurveVince Carter Estimated 3FG% Aging Curve

There is Uncertainty…

These are just estimates, and it is important to point out that uncertainty exists around these estimates. I’ve tried to simulate confidence bounds for this model without success, but even though I’m not representing the uncertainty, keep in mind that it does exist.

Improving this Model

The debate in the baseball community suggests it’s incorrect to simply assume players have this type of aging curves. Although this type of curve appears to be a decent approximation, perhaps there are better ways to estimate the impact of a player’s age on 3FG%. Other than trying to control for other explanatory variables, trying to fit other model types might prove worthwhile.


gluten free vegan brown sugar cinnamon pop tarts

Gluten Free Vegan Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts. Buttery pastry, with a cinnamon sugar filling and covered in a sweet cinnamon glaze. These gluten free vegan brown sugar cinnamon pop tarts taste so much better than store-bought! Buttery pastry, with a cinnamon sugar filling and covered in a sweet cinnamon glaze. 

Did you have a favorite pop tart flavor growing up? Mine was always the brown sugar cinnamon pop tarts. After being toasted up in the toaster, they were all sorts of breakfast pastry perfection {in my child eyes}. My mom didn’t buy them very often, but when she did, it was such a treat!

Gluten Free Vegan Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts. Homemade buttery pastry, with a cinnamon sugar filling and covered in a sweet cinnamon glaze. I’ve wanted to make gluten fee brown sugar cinnamon pop tarts for YEARS. I’ve made the classic strawberry pop tarts, which are super tasty and so fun to make. They are also nostalgic for me, but I’ve still been craving these grown sugar cinnamon pop tarts for far too long. It was time to create a recipe to share with all of my gluten free friends. 

Don’t be intimidated by the steps it takes to make these homemade pop tarts. If you’ve made a pie crust, you’ve got this! Once the dough is rolled out, you slice it into rectangles {I like to use a pizza cutter}, fill it with the cinnamon sugar filling and top with another dough rectangle. Crimp those edges, bake to golden perfection and then cover in a simple cinnamon glaze.

These gluten free vegan brown sugar cinnamon pop tarts are buttery, heavy on the cinnamon and a total upgrade from the store-bought version. I’m certain you’ll think so too!

Gluten Free Vegan Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts. Buttery pastry, with a cinnamon sugar filling and covered in a sweet cinnamon glaze.

gluten free vegan brown sugar cinnamon pop tarts
AUTHOR: Sarah Bakes Gluten Free
RECIPE TYPE: breakfast
SERVES: 7-8 pop tarts

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk or oat milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  1. Whisk together flour blend, sugar and salt. Cut in cold dairy free butter, using pastry cutter or fork. Combine until resembles a course meal.
  2. Pour in ice cold water water and continue to blend until dough comes together. Add additional tablespoon of water as needed.
  3. Pat dough into two round discs, wrap in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for an hour or until ready to use.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. To make cinnamon sugar filling, mix together brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Set aside.
  6. On counter surface, lay out large piece of plastic wrap. Place one disc of dough in center and top with another large piece of plastic wrap. Using rolling pin, roll out your dough into rectangle, about 1/8-inch thick.
  7. Using pizza cutter or large knife, cut dough into 3×4-inch rectangles. Carefully place rectangles onto prepared baking sheet, using spatula. Reroll scraps and repeat if necessary.
  8. Brush tops of each rectangle with almond milk. Place heaping tablespoon of filling in center of dough, spreading out and leaving 1/2-inch rim. Place baking sheet in refrigerator while you prepare additional dough.
  9. Remove second disc of dough from fridge and repeat the process of rolling out the dough. Slice into 3×4-inch rectangles.
  10. Remove baking sheet from fridge and top each pop tart with second rectangle of dough. Crimp edges of dough with fork. Poke top of pop tart with toothpick or fork to allow steam to release.
  11. Bake pop tarts in oven for 22-25 minutes or until golden brown. Place on cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
  12. To make glaze, mix together powdered sugar, almond milk, cinnamon and vanilla. Spread over cooled pop tarts. Let glaze set.


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NBA Playoff Schedule and DFS Picks for Monday, April 28

Three games on the NBA Playoff schedule for Monday night: Game 4 – Mon. April 28, Miami at Charlotte, 7 p.m., TNT Game 5  Mon. April 28, Atlanta at Indiana, 8 p.m., NBA TV Game 4 – Mon. April 28, San Antonio at Dallas, 9:30 p.m., TNT DFS Fantasy Basketball Tournament Picks I had  a great team going Sunday […]

Well-rested San Miguel dispatches NLEX

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June Mar Fajardo explodes for San Miguel. PBA IMAGES

Reigning PBA Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer went out with guns blazing early and carved out a 121-111 wire-to-wire decision over NLEX Friday night in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at Araneta Coliseum.

“I’m so happy tonight for that win. But we’re still aiming for one of the top two slots,” said Beermen coach Leo Austria. “It’s [going to be] very hard but the chance is still there.”

The four-time conference champions mounted a blistering 28-4 run in the opening salvo en route to the victory with June Mar Fajardo leading the way.

The reigning Most Valuable Player finished the game with 27 points, 13 rebounds and a pair of assists including an audacious triple from the right corner.

Asked about the strong start, Austria, whose team improved to 5-3, said it was all thanks to the 26 days of break.

“It helped us because we suffered a lot of injuries and illnesses to our players. And when June Mar and Marcio (Lassiter) came back from Kazakhstan, they weren’t that much in shape,” the mentor explained in Filipino.

Skipper Alex Cabagnot had 18 markers as Arwind Santos and Marcio Lassiter pumped in 17 and 16, respectively.

NLEX leaned on JR Quiñahan who had 17 points while Juami Tiongson and Poy Erram each had 16, but they had no answer to Beermen’s torrid shooting from downtown.

San Miguel had 20 conversions from the three-point land, three buckets away from the all-time league record they share with TNT.

“They played really hard—especially in the first period. The sense of urgency was really evident,” Austria said.

The victory hiked San Miguel Beer’s record to 5-3. The Beermen face struggling NorthPort this Sunday.

NLEX, which slid to 2-5, faces Alaska next on Mar. 13 in a yet-to-be-determined venue.

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Midnight Madness 2012

October 1st means that the college basketball season is near. A lot of Div1 teams getting ready for the tradition known as midnight madness. A couple of videos to get you pumped up, first one is from Oregon:

Here is a cool timelapse of defending champion University of Kentucky, setting up to sell tickets to Big Blue Madness. Think about that, this is just for tickets to the event, and not the actual event, and people are camping out. Wow…

Brad Stevens 3 v 3 Defending Pick & Roll

The following short video of Boston Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens is is provided to the Coaching Toolbox by eCoach.

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In this 3 on 3 drill, Coach Stevens teaches his concepts for defending a screener who must be guarded as a shooter.

Then, after taking away the shot from the popping screener, the defenders must fly out to guard the next available actions.

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Click the play arrow to watch the drill

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