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Opinion Slow start shouldnt concern Cleveland Cavaliers fans

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James addresses an official during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Nov. 10. at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Cleveland won, 118-111.Credit: Courtesy of TNSWhen LeBron James returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers, he knew the team would have an adjustment period.“It’s something that I was ready for,” James told ESPN.com on Nov. 24. “I knew that it was going to be my biggest challenge of my career thus far, so I accept the challenge, and when we lose, I take full responsibility. When we win, the team wins. That’s what it’s about.”And a transition it has been. Through their first 16 games, the new “Big 3” of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and James have gone 9-7 and currently sit in sixth place in a weak Eastern Conference.However, it takes time for everything to play out.But what is everything though? Everything consists of team chemistry to off-court relationships and both offensive and defensive playmaking. James knew that the Cavs would go through all of this. And it’s because he’s done it before.Many fans and media expected the Cavaliers to start the regular season being a great team, and with James’ first “true” point guard in Irving, many thought this team could rely on its playmaking alone.Despite having a 5-3 record through the middle of November, the Cavs lost four straight, causing many to wonder if coach David Blatt was the right coach for one of the most talented teams in the NBA. Some fans have even wanted Blatt fired, as James has taken on a coaching role because Blatt has never played or coached in the NBA before.Blatt played collegiately at Princeton and then went on to play and coach in Israel, as well as coach the Russian national team in the 2012 Olympic games, leading the team to a bronze medal.But the NBA is different from any place Blatt has coached before, and it shows.Coming into Tuesday’s game against Milwaukee the Cavs, despite being 11th in the NBA in points per game with 103.3, ranked 24th in total rebounds per game with 41.1. Defensively, it ranks 17th in total points allowed per game with 99.3. They are also 27th in assists allowed per game with 24.8.Love was also on the record saying that his new team was going to have a transition period.“It’s going to take a little bit of time, but we’re going to clean this up, I guarantee you that,” Love told ESPN.com. “Team morale is great. We get along, but we know we have a ton of work to do.”Through everything the Cavs have gone through this season, many fail to mention that James and his former team, the Miami Heat, had a transition period of nearly a month and a half, before the team started to get a feel for one another’s style of play.It wasn’t until Dec. 2, 2010, when the Heat played the Cavs, in what was James’ first game against his former team, that the Heat turned the corner. Despite Cleveland going into that game with two straight wins, the Heat beat the Cavs, 118-90. After that, everything seemed to click for the winning team. From there, the Heat continued their three-game winning streak and won 20 of their next 21 games.Before going on that run and heading into 2011 at 25-9, some were calling for the firing of coach Erik Spoelstra.Despite taking the Heat to the NBA Finals in his first two seasons coaching the team, its start was something many didn’t expect.In their first 18 games together, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and James went 10-8, with key wins coming against the Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers, who both made the playoffs that season. Rumors had spread that Heat President Pat Riley would relieve Spoelstra of coaching duties and take over. Instead, Riley did nothing, and the Heat lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals that season.Sixteen games in, the Cavs have key wins against the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards and are still going through some growing pains, but have won four-straight.But like the Heat, it doesn’t matter what is going on now, the future is more important. That’s why people say it’s not how you preform in the first half of the season, it’s how you preform in May and June.So while fans may be worried about how the Cavs preform, remember that it just takes time.Time is one of the hardest things to live with as a sports fan because as a team is going through a rebuilding phase, the product you see on the floor isn’t necessarily the product you’ll see at the end of the day.By the beginning of January, I guarantee Blatt and the Cavs will have figured something out and will continue to fight toward a potential birth in the NBA Finals. Only so much can be learned during training camp, and time for adjustments in the regular season has to be learned in practice and during in-game situations. read more

Klopp tells Ozil Gundogan critics Shut up

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has jumped to Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan’s defence in the fallout from Germany’s dreadful World Cup campaignThe midfield duo caused controversy before the start of the tournament following their meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London.Both players are of Turkish descent and Gundogan later insisted that there was no political intent behind the meeting, although Ozil has chosen to remain silent on the matter.The Arsenal playmaker has been on the receiving end of most the criticism with Germany’s general manager Oliver Bierhoff even claiming that Ozil should have been left out of their World Cup squad after their first group stage exit in 80 years.But Klopp has called for an end to the nonsense and backed Gundogan’s claims that their meeting with the Turkish president was innocent.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“The intelligent people of this country demand tolerance. And the others should shut up and not question the boys,” Klopp told Sport Bild, via SportsKeeda.“Both were certainly not very well advised in this matter. Older, more experienced people should have helped them there.“We should not forget that the two of them have Turkish roots even though they grew up here in Germany.“But it is the same as always: the one who cries the loudest is the one who hears the most. But that’s never been my thing.”Ozil was unable to either score or have an assist for Germany in his two starts at the World Cup, while Gundogan made just the one substitute appearance in the national side’s only win of the competition against Sweden.last_img read more

Girona hoping to upset Real Madrid Eusebio

first_imgEusebio Sacristan believes Girona have what it takes to repeat last season’s 2-1 triumph over Real Madrid.Girona host Madrid on Sunday, almost 10 months to the day they astonishingly beat the then-champions, and Eusebio was in a confident mood ahead of the match.“We want to repeat the sensations and results of last season,” the Coach said at a Press conference.“I see it as a good opportunity to get my first win against Madrid, although it’s a statistic that doesn’t worry me too much.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We know that preseasons for teams with many players at a World Cup are somewhat strange, but we must have a lot of respect for Madrid because of their recent history and because they’ll come here hoping to do things well.“For us to have a chance, we must make the most of our quality, stick together and remain as united as we have been in recent seasons.“I don’t see Madrid weaker without Cristiano Ronaldo. Others will take responsibility.”last_img read more

Former Arsenal legend talks about Bob Wilson

first_imgFor David Seaman, the chance he had to work together with Wilson was perfect and praised the work of his former teammateEnglish goalkeeper David Seaman played with Arsenal in the English Premier League from 1990 to 2003.And with the Gunners, he worked closely with former footballer Bob Wilson.“What makes Bob special is that he used to give you confidence in training, so you didn’t have to go and play well in a game,” Seaman told the club’s official website.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“In training, he would do exercises where you would have to make two or three worldie saves, ones that really turn a game or are really special.”“But what he used to do is, if you made one of those worldie saves in the first two or three minutes, he’d say ‘Right, out,’ and you’d go out of that session feeling so full of confidence because you’d make this great save,” he added.“That was a specialty of Bob’s because you could make that worldie and then the next ball that comes in you could mess it up and as a goalkeeper you will remember the one that you’ve messed up and that would get you down, but Bob knew ‘Right, you’ve made a great save, out you go,’ and you’d keep that confidence.”last_img read more

Louisville Falls 54 in Extra Innings to Xavier

first_img Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Next Game: James Madison 3/1/2019 | 4:00 PM Dan McDonnell Postgame LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The eighth-ranked Louisville baseball team suffered its first home loss of the season on Tuesday, falling 5-4 in 10 innings against Xavier at Jim Patterson Stadium. Photo Gallery ACC Network Extra Both teams went quietly in the ninth, however the Musketeers edged ahead in the 10th via a passed ball. The contest remained tied at two until the fourth when Xavier (2-5) picked up a two-out RBI single to move back in front. Louisville (5-3) never led on Tuesday, but had an answer for each of the first four Xavier runs. PDF Box Score Preview The Musketeers jumped on the board first with three consecutive singles to open the ballgame and added a second with a sacrifice fly. However, UofL starting pitcher Luke Smith limited the damage with a double play to end the frame. The Louisville attack got rolling in similar fashion, with consecutive singles from Lucas Dunn and Jake Snider starting the bottom half of the inning. Tyler Fitzgerald cut the deficit in half with a sacrifice fly that scored Dunn, and Danny Oriente knotted the game up at two with a run-scoring single two batters later. Oriente worked a five-pitch walk to start the bottom of the 10th, with Louisville looking for an answer one more time. With one away, Ethan Stringer doubled into right to move pinch-runner Adam Elliott to third and put a pair of runners in scoring position. A fly ball off the bat of Davis proved not to be deep enough to bring the runner home and a strikeout ended the comeback effort for the Cardinals. Dunn and Snider each had two-hit days at the plate, accounting for three of the Cardinals’ four runs. Louisville is back in action this weekend with a three-game series scheduled against James Madison. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 4:00 p.m., ET, at Jim Patterson Stadium. Print Friendly Version Xavier grabbed the lead back on a wild pitch in the eighth, but the lead would be short-lived again. Drew Campbell led off the bottom of the frame with an infield single and came around to score the tying run on Henry Davis’ double to left. Story Links Jared Poland (1-1) took the loss for Louisville, allowing the eventual winning run in his 1.1 innings of work. Smith ended with a no decision, giving up three runs over five innings. Live Stats Louisville had the answer again though, as Dunn singled and stole second with one out in the fifth and Snider dropped a double down the left field line to tie the game up at three apiece.last_img read more