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Ashley Bastock Related TopicsCavsClevelandCleveland CavaliersKevin LoveLebron JamesNBATyronn Lue INDEPENDENCE, OHIO– The Cavaliers have had a less than ideal start to the 2017-18 season.After winning their first two games against tough opponents in the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks, the 3-4 Cavs dropped four out of their next five contests, including the last three straight. Over the last couple of weeks, frustrations have seemingly boiled to the surface, especially concerning the pace with which the team is playing.The team is undoubtedly hoping that the pre-practice talk they conducted on Tuesday will remedy some of their early problems.For head coach Tyronn Lue, the talk allowed the team another opportunity to reset their focus when it comes to their level of conditioning. He also stressed that top to bottom, (and yes, that includes LeBron James) that the team will need to get in better shape. And as Kevin Love pointed out, it isn’t that guys are taking possessions off so to speak, but there still needs to be a conscious effort on everyone’s part to play each possession at 100 percent.“Focused more on getting in better shape, I see after today’s practice, and watching us today, damn,” he said. “It’s a big difference. When I’m screaming play with pace, and move the ball, move bodies, we got to get in better shape to do that.”Lue says there was a team meeting before practice today; he won’t go into much detail, but said at least part of it was about getting into better shape. pic.twitter.com/puQArFYc34— Ashley Bastock (@AshleyBastock42) October 31, 2017Along with getting in shape, however, there is also an element of lack of attention to detail on the defensive end.“As far as getting back, getting centered,” Lue said. “When a shot goes up two guys gotta get back. The problem is we’re not getting out of the corners. Shot’s going up, guys are standing in the corners, we’re not getting back. And teams miss or make they’re pushing the ball against us, trying to get back, trying to create confusion, create mismatches.”He did also mention that he talked with Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose about being more aggressive on offense, and not feeling the need to defer to James or Love. He also discussed the need for the team to get back on defense in transition and contest every shot.Other than that, Lue wouldn’t disclose much else about what was said, saying he would leave that to the players.“It’s early in the season, it wasn’t like one of those meetings where it was so over the top so to speak,” Love said following practice. “It was just figuring out what we needed to do. We watched certain segments on film of the game, broke down film a little bit differently, came out here and got some good work in.”The Cavs were blown out by New Orleans on Saturday, 123-101. They followed that up with a 114-95 loss to the New York Knicks the following night. They are currently ranked 16th in the league as far as pace, and are giving up the most three-pointers in the league at 13.7 per game. Their defensive rating is 109.8, putting them at 27th place.“I didn’t expect it to be like this right now, especially after our first two games of holding opponents to under 100 points and playing good defensively,” Lue said. “And then I think, offensively, we’re not playing as well as we should and as we can, so when you’re missing shots, you got to get back in transition every single time. You’re not making shots, that puts pressure on your transition defense. We got to do a better job offensively as well.”Lue says offensively the Cavs “aren’t playing as good as we should” pic.twitter.com/1lOGb0Q4BR— Ashley Bastock (@AshleyBastock42) October 31, 2017While they may not have expected this start, however, perhaps today’s meeting will mark the first step in the right direction.“Time will tell how it’s going to play out but we have a lot of really good positive energy from today,” Love said. “We had a great practice.” Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42
Ole Miss linebacker C.J. Johnson is scheduled to undergo surgery.OXFORD — Ole Miss middle linebacker C.J. Johnson underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and is expected to miss four to six weeks.“The best thing I love about playing sports is that it challenges your guts and determination,” the Rebels senior wrote in a Facebook post that was then posted on Twitter on Tuesday morning. “When the game knocked you down you get up and keep fighting.“Thank you to all my family and friends who has prayed for me through this difficult time. Hopefully my surgery will go well and I’ll be able to be back with my brothers soon. Thank you for all your support Rebel Nation.”Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze quoted Johnson’s tweet and said “love this man.”Suspended for the team’s season-opener Sept. 5 against UT-Martin, Johnson has collected 17 tackles, two interceptions, one pass breakup and two quarterback hits in four starts this year. He moved from defensive end to middle linebacker since the end of last season and suffered the injury during the Rebels’ 38-10 loss to Florida last Saturday.The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Johnson started 29 and played in 41 games over the first four seasons of his Rebels career. He collected 137 tackles and 11.5 sacks in that time.Junior Terry Caldwell would be an option to replace Johnson in the Rebels’ starting lineup in Saturday’s 11 a.m. homecoming game against New Mexico State.Caldwell has appeared in five games this season, making eight tackles and forcing one fumble. The senior appeared in 41 games and made 137 tackles (24 for a loss) entering this season.The Rebels were without right guard Justin Bell (right ankle) and safety Tony Conner (right knee) last Saturday against Florida, while offensive guards Javon Patterson and Rod Taylor have been battling injuries.Defensive tackles Isaac Gross (neck) and Herbert Moore (ACL) are also out for the season.Contact Daniel Paulling at [email protected] Follow @DanielPaulling on Twitter.
The Baltimore Ravens lost to the New England Patriots 41 to 7. The score was not pretty but the score was close until the last two five minutes.Quarterback: Joe Flacco was obviously hurt in this game. Flacco sprained his knee against the Detroit Lions and it was obvious that his performance was hampered. Flacco went 22 out of 38 for 260 yards and two interceptions and honestly it was probably the best he could do. The numbers were not pretty. Grade CRunning backs: Ray Rice only had 40 yards rushing in a game in which the running game needed to be there. Rice did have a decent average at 3.6 yards per carry but the Ravens needed a lot more. Bernard Pierce had 31 yards on 10 carries. Grade CReceivers: Marlon Brown, Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta each had four catches. With an injured Flacco this unit was not as valuable because even when they were open Flacco had trouble hitting them accurately. Torrey Smith has destroyed the Patriots in the past but only had three catches. Smith did have 69 receiving yards however. Grade BOffensive line: Flacco was not nearly as mobile as in the past and the line really needed to protect him. Allowing four sacks in a big game is not acceptable. The line also needs to get better at run blocking but it may be too late for that. Late in the game when Tyrod Taylor was in they could not even get a shotgun snap down right. Grade DOverall: I am not counting what happened when the backups came in when I am doing this report card. Flacco was hurt and I question why he was playing. Taylor came in too late and had his problems but a different form of offensive might have worked over risking further injury to the teams franchise quarterback. The running game could not come up big when the Ravens needed it to. Grade DPlease follow and like us:
By CARP UKOn Wednesday 25th of January, CARP held its first Divine Principle lecture practice of the new year. In CARP UK’s first year we would host lecture practices once a week. This event allowed those CARP aged 2nd generation to listen and experience lecturing the DP in front of an audience.It was a very comfortable evening.Our lecturers for the evening were CARP Committee members Jeungsun Shongwe (CARP Director) and Han-sun Nkumu (Media).The evening entailed everyone being split into groups in which we read together the red and blue sections of Chapter one: sections 1,2 & 3 which are the sections that were lectured by Jeungsun and Han-sun, respectively. After reading, we discussed our thoughts and feelings, sharing them publicly. This was a good opportunity to practice public speaking.After our discussion time, we moved on to short lectures.Jeungsun lectured section 1. Her lecture was very refreshing and was easy to understand and relate to. Her examples of real life situations like homelessness were relevant. Han-sun lectured sections 2 and 3. She tried her best to convey her understanding of the chapters’ contents to the audience. An example she used related to how we as humans feel compared to the sadness God must feel as he sees the way we live now.There was then time for constructive feedback which is a very important element of the lecture practices.Thank you to everyone who came to the event, and keep a look out for our next DP lecture practice!