Status woe: Cavaliers not planning changes amid slump

first_imgAFPINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — As LeBron James and some teammates practiced free throws at a nearby basket, coach Tyronn Lue addressed questions about the troubling state of the Cavaliers while sitting in a high-backed, cushioned chair.While he was cool, Lue’s seat has warmed up.ADVERTISEMENT “This is kind of just my experience with this team, to be honest,” said forward Kyle Korver, acquired last January in a trade. “The year that I’ve been here, we’ve been really good and we’ve been really bad. It seems to come in waves, so, hopefully there’s a good wave coming soon.”With all that’s wrong, changes would seem to be in order. Lue, though, believes the Cavs can solve their problems without any major alterations.“It’s the same group we won 18 out of 19 with also,” he said, referring to Cleveland’s stretch from Nov. 11 to Dec. 19. “We’ve just got to play better. We’ve got to play better, we’ve got to be sharper and that’s what we continue to keep working on. It’s the same team that won 18 out of 19 and 13 in a row.”Technically, Lue’s right. The Cavs’ roster hasn’t been touched — not yet.However, the club has been in almost continuous flux over the past month as key players Isaiah Thomas and Tristan Thompson returned from injuries. Also, reserves Jose Calderon, Channing Frye and Cedi Osman have seen their playing time diminish and Korver, the sharpshooter who had developed into the team’s best crunch-time player other than James, has had his role reduced.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lue has been searching for the right combinations, but the Cavs aren’t connecting.“We’re just figuring out our team,” Korver said. “Ty’s got a tough job. He’s trying to find lineups that are working and he’s trying to find minutes for everybody. I think he’s doing a great job in that regard, as far as getting everybody in the game. Maybe not Channing, we’d like to get Channing out there a little more but it’s a numbers thing right now.“It’s tough. There’s a numbers thing right now. Definitely I’ve been a part of that, too. It’s a long season. We’re riding a bad wave right now, but hopefully we’ll find some things that will start working again. Guys are getting healthier but we need to get back in sync. There’s no answers right now.”A demanding schedule and injuries have prevented the Cavs from practicing much, but they held their third workout this week. It was needed.Lue, though, decided not to show his players film of the debacle against Oklahoma City.“Just move on,” he said.Lue can’t be absolved from blame, but players aren’t faulting him for the team’s many issues, some of which could be addressed before the Feb. 8 trade deadline.Following Saturday’s head-scratching loss, James said he “would hope not” when asked if he thought Lue would be fired. Dwyane Wade dismissed any outside noise condemning the only Cleveland coach to win a championship since 1964.Those endorsements should help Lue, but he knows better than anyone how quickly change can come.Two years ago, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert fired David Blatt despite the team’s 30-11 record and replaced him with Lue, who at the time was the NBA’s highest-paid assistant. Cleveland doesn’t have a comparable situation now, and while there are no signs pointing to Lue being in imminent danger, anything is possible until the Cavs start stringing together some wins. 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Cleveland fans may be panicking, Lue’s not nervous.At least not publicly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Cavs are just 4-10 since Dec. 19, and in the past two weeks they’ve lost by 28 at Minnesota, 34 at Toronto and 24 to the Thunder, who scored 148 points and tied a record for the most points allowed by Cleveland in a regulation game — a mark that went unmatched since 1972.It’s a mess, and it’s a mystery the way James and the Cavs have collapsed. They’ve slipped in the past, but this slide feels much more ominous than in the previous three years when Cleveland stumbled but still reached the Finals. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increasescenter_img Lue can only do so much, and following similar comments by Thomas and Wade on Saturday, Korver said it’s imperative for Cleveland’s players to hold each other more accountable.“You’ve just got to look at yourself in the mirror and say ’What can I do better?’” Korver said. “You can’t point the finger. You can’t get mad at a guy for not doing what you thought he should’ve done. You just can’t point fingers. It’s really simple but it really is true. … We’re all grown-ups. When you’re a mature grown up you just look yourself in the mirror.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Overwinning residents fume as Govt bypasses village in street light project

first_img…say action clear act of discriminationResidents of Overwinning, Greater New Amsterdam, have expressed concern over what they say is discrimination by the New Amsterdam Mayor and Town Council in its lighting programme. None of the almost 1000 streetlights was placed there while the neighbouring communities are fully illuminated.The municipality spent $8 million to install the 956 high voltage light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights in the town and on the East Bank of Berbice (EBB). However, while lights were installed at Islington, none were installed at Overwinning, which is a community opposite.The lights also go three miles beyond and into a similar community, Gay Park. Another community referred to as “Pepper Street” at Heatburn, EBB, which is not a gazetted area, had lights installed.Most of the residents of “Pepper Street” are known to throw their support behind the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).At the recent Local Government Elections, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) was able to win that constituency for the first time due to the way the people at Overwinning voted.The lighting project, which commenced in March, has already come to an end and the residents are crying foul.Kungbehari Persaud, who has been living at Overwinning for the past 55 years, recalled that the town’s Mayor, Winifred Haywood, during the month of April had promised streetlights for all communities.“The week after Easter they come in Overwinning and checked the post and when I asked him about the lights, they say the lights are finished. I ask them how it finished, and other places get? Glasgow get, Glasgow Housing Scheme get and Overwinning get none. They passed this area and gone to other areas,” he said.Another resident, Deonarine Sampaul, who has lived all of his 51 years at Overwinning, also expressed his concerns, saying that the project skipped where he lives and continued right through to Edinburgh.“Why does village cannot have streetlights? The area is very dark. Thieves will pass through here on the go on the cane field dam many nights. When you walk on the street you cannot see where you are going. So, when we will be getting streetlights.”Dulhari Jagnauth, a pensioner, explained that as far as she can remember, the community has been asking for phone service to be made available; that has never materialised just like the streetlights.Another pensioner, Ramertie Dhanie, who lives in the second street of the community, said she is very upset.“Me live in here til me get old until now; we get no streetlight. If thief man come, you can’t do nothing. If you sick in the night, you can’t see a light to come out. This is since I was a lil girl, and now I reach 88, and nothing.”Former Municipal Councillor Sewdat Singh said the move is politically motivated. According to Singh, he was sitting on the Municipality Council when the lighting project was first proposed and had indicated that a minimum of eleven lights would be adequate for Overwinning.“Three on the back, three in this street, three at the front, one on the road coming in and one half way. We had put it in writing and after the Local Government Elections, the Deputy Mayor came and put an “L” on some of the utility poles.Singh related that only two of the utility poles in the community were marked with an “L”.“The question is, you start from New Amsterdam going to Glasgow, why the lights finished at Glasgow and not Gay Park or somewhere else, why did bypassed Overwinning?”The Council is, however, claiming that the reason for not installing streetlights at Overwinning is that the area is being powered with electricity at 240 volts. However, the residents say Overwinning has both 240 and 120 voltage.The rest of the town is powered only by 120-volt electricity. No lights have been installed at OverwinningFormer Municipal Councillor Sewdat Singhlast_img read more