Dubs erase deficit vs. Blazers once again, make history

PORTLAND — A sea of red. A crowd worthy of a win. A team that hasn’t been there before.

Winning in the NBA is a process and the Portland Trail Blazers learned that the hard way in their four-game sweep at the hands of the Golden State Warriors.

It’s not often that teams skip steps. The Denver Nuggets went from a team on the outside looking in last season to a double-overtime loss in Game 7 away from an appearance in the Western Conference finals.

The Trail Blazers made a larger leap.

After being swept in the first round last year, Portland became the best story of the 2018-19 postseason. Their epic win over the Denver Nuggets proved that they were ready to compete with other up and comers.

With Monday’s Game 4 loss to the Warriors, the gap in experience was obvious and too much overcome.

“We couldn’t get over the hump,” Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said following the game. “I think it was more of a demonstration of how good they are and how good they have been over the years and they find ways to win.”

Down Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Iguodala, the Warriors never seemed to miss a beat. They’re headed to a fifth straight NBA Finals and their experience level is far beyond any other team at this point.

“Our experience has really been a big factor in our success, not only this playoff run, but the last couple,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said earlier in the evening.

Despite leading by as many as 17 in the third quarter, the Trail Blazers allowed the Warriors to close within eight to end the frame and you could feel the momentum shift.

This was a theme of the series. Portland led in Game 2 by 17 and lost. They led by 18 points in the first half on their home floor in Game 3 and fell by a final of 110-99.

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“There is a different intensity in the playoffs, just naturally because it’s win or go home,” Stephen Curry said. “We know how to find that next gear and it comes with the experiences that we’ve been through.”

While the two teams split the regular-season series two games apiece, there is something different about the Warriors and postseason basketball.

“It’s so hard over 82 games to elevate to that level on a nightly basis, but …read more

Source:: Daily Times

      

Resident Evil 4 Review (Nintendo Switch) – Over Here, Stranger! | WGTC

The notion that video games just keep on getting bigger and better is a dominant ideology that has taken root in gamers’ collective sub-conscience. While I find it easy enough to agree with the former, I sometimes find it hard to swallow the jagged little pill of the latter. Bigger? Sure. But better? That’s a little more complicated.

With that context in mind, let’s place Capcom’s latest Nintendo Switch port of Resident Evil 4 under the microscope. Simply put, how well does a 14-year-old survival horror title stand up in the modern age of battle royale this and games-as-a-service that? Somewhat unsurprisingly, it’s safe to say that its revolutionary blend of action, horror, and pick-up-and-play gameplay is just as pulse-poundingly nail-biting as ever. I mean, classic game design will always remain timeless, right?

That all being said, the other salient question is: Do you need to pull the trigger and buy Shinji Mikami’s grizzly magnum opus for the umpteenth time? Well, if you’re anything like me, you probably already own it on about three other platforms! (I know, I know, I think I have a problem.) As a result, this makes it a lot trickier for me to give a wholehearted blanket recommendation for this newly fangled Switch iteration.

Dollars to donuts, if you’re on the market to pick this specific version up, you’ll be wondering how it fares on the go. Even though it’s a lot of fun to play in handheld mode, there’s still the big ol’ zombified elephant in the room, which is its shockingly high price-point on Nintendo’s hybrid system. Long story short, Resident Evil 4 on the Switch is a wee bit overpriced. Nevertheless, we’re talking about a bonafide masterpiece here, and thankfully, the core experience has aged pretty damn well.

Set six years after the events of Resident Evil 2, Leon Kennedy – one of the few survivors of the Raccoon City biological disaster – must travel across the globe to a remote village in Spain. The ex-cop turned secret government agent’s mission is a simple one: To save the President of the United State’s daughter, Ashley Graham, who has been kidnapped by a creepy cult, known as the Los Illuminados.

Suffice to say, the shit hits the blood-spattered fan when it turns out that the locals have been exposed to nasty parasites, dubbed the Las Plagas. These buggers turn their victims into mindless killing machines that really love …read more

Source:: Daily Times

      

Indonesia Sentences Frenchman to Death for Drug Smuggling

An Indonesian court sentenced a French citizen to death for smuggling drugs on Monday in a surprisingly draconian verdict that outstripped the prosecutors’ requests for a long prison sentence.

Felix Dorfin, 35, was arrested in September at an airport in the tourist island of Lombok with methylenedioxy methamphetamine worth $220,600 and 22 ecstasy pills in his suitcase, according to the Associated Press.

Despite Dorfin’s eligibility for capital punishment, prosecutors had asked for a 20-year jail term plus another year unless he paid a fine of about $700,000, reports Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The strict sentence came as a surprise.

“Dorfin was shocked,” the defendant’s lawyer, Deny Nur Indra, told AFP. “He didn’t expect this at all because prosecutors only asked for 20 years.” His lawyer said he would appeal the verdict.

Indonesia has some of the world’s strictest anti-drug laws, and foreigners implicated in drug smuggling cases have been executed before.

The judge, Isnurul Syamsul Arif, cited Dorfin’s involvement in an international drug smuggling ring and the large quantity of drugs he carried as aggravating factors, according to AFP.

“The defendant’s actions could potentially do damage to the younger generation,” Arif added, reports AFP.

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The Frenchman, who said he did not know the contents of his suitcase, made headlines earlier this year when he escaped from jail, according to AFP. He was re-captured two weeks later.

AFP reports that the French foreign ministry issued a statement condemning Indonesia’s decision to use of the death penalty.

Indonesia sentenced at least 48 people to death in 2018, 39 for drug-related offenses, according to Amnesty International. However, last year was the second year in which the country did not commit any executions.

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Source:: Time – World