During the regular season, the Cleveland Cavaliers did not run very much. Head coach Tyronn Lue has been preaching the virtues of a faster-paced offense since he took over for David Blatt in January. It was slow to catch on. The Cavaliers were the third-slowest team during the season, using fewer possessions per game than the glacial Memphis Grizzlies or the ancient San Antonio Spurs, and in the playoffs, they’ve become even slower. It was easy to laugh about Lue suggesting after a Game 1 drubbing at the hands of the Golden State Warriors last week that the Cavaliers simply needed to pick up the pace. And when Cleveland was flattened again in Game 2, that book appeared to be closed.But in Game 3, on Wednesday night, the Cavs came out hot — and fast. They went up 33-13 in the first quarter and blew out the Warriors 120-90. For the game, they were 8-for-16 with between 22 and 18 seconds left on the shot clock (the sweet spot for the seven-seconds-or-less school of pace) after going just 8-for-19 in the first two games of the Finals combined.The Warriors, meanwhile, are getting just 8.3 shots per game in that range. This might seem like a positive to those who listened to pundits talk about the “quick shots” that were sinking Golden State against the Oklahoma City Thunder. But during the regular season, the Warriors were absolutely unstoppable early in the shot clock: They averaged 14.9 of those field goals per game, including 6.2 3-point attempts; their shooting averages were 65.7 percent from two and 47.9 percent on those threes, for an effective field goal percentage (eFG%) of 68.3, which led the league, though not by much.The team in second place? Those plodding Cavaliers. The Cavs had an eFG% of 66.1 on seven-seconds-or-less plays, and the gap between them and the third-place Atlanta Hawks (62.7) is about the same as the gap between the Hawks and the 13th-place Thunder (59.2). LeBron James was more efficient in possessions of this sort than Klay Thompson or Steph Curry was — even in a year in which his 3-point stroke inexplicably cratered. The difference is, the Cavs had only 9.6 attempts per game early in the clock, more than five fewer than the Warriors.But go ahead and read that back to yourself: The Warriors ran over the league using pace and shooting, but the Cavs, when they deigned to break from trot to gallop, played their game nearly as well as the defending champs. For the Cavs to pull off an upset in this series, more stars will have to align than merely their finding some pep in their step and playing a 35-year-old benchwarmer major minutes. But a few have begun to slide into place: Irving, a hugely talented offensive player, found his stroke after going quiet for the first two games, and Curry has looked genuinely out of sorts for most of the series. While it’s still a very long shot that the Cavaliers can come back and win the Finals, it’s a far better one than if they’d gone down 3-0 playing old and slow.Check out our latest NBA predictions.Our sports podcast Hot Takedown discusses the NBA Finals. Of course, “early shot clock” possessions are often just another name for transition or semi-transition (that little window after a fast break ends but before the defense can get set). By the Game 3 box score, Cleveland outscored Golden State 15-8 on fast-break points, and according to the player-tracking data, the Cavs had 18 transition chances to the Warriors’ nine and did a little better per play. Transition begins with defense, and after reportedly getting a wake-up call from assistant coach Phil Handy, the Cavs were noticeably more lively on that end in Game 3. Kyrie Irving’s numbers weren’t great (player-tracking has him on the hook for allowing 63.3 eFG% on 15 shots), but he was making a visible effort; J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert were both much better than they had been, though, and Richard Jefferson, who started for Kevin Love (ruled out because of a blow to the head), was all over the court, closing out and contesting shots. He ended up allowing opponents to shoot just 45.5 eFG% on 11 attempts.
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Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPlans have been revealed to build a petrol station and 24-hour drive-thru coffee shop on one of Stoke-on-Trent’s busiest roads. Developer Christian Spencer Leisure has identified vacant land off King Street, Fenton – near KFC – for the proposed development. The petrol station will boast up to eight pumps and have 28 parking spaces. But the developer is refusing to name which ‘major national chain’ has already signed up to operate the drive-thru cafe. The development should create between 25 and 32 full-time equivalent jobs. King Street, Fenton. (Image: Stoke Sentinel) Its planning application to Stoke-on-Trent City Council states: “Although the intended occupiers cannot be named publicly for reasons of commercial confidentiality, firm commitment from operators to progress the scheme is in place, subject to planning permission. “The petrol station is the principal use and the anchor of the scheme. The convenience store would provide the kiosk for fuel sales and cater primarily to passing motorists and, in addition to fuel sales, help to meet their daily convenience top-up shopping needs.” Nearby residents have welcomed the scheme. The land used to be part of the former Diamond Gimson works which stopped operating in 1999. Read MoreCosta Coffee is opening ANOTHER Stoke-on-Trent drive-thru (and here’s where) Fred Oakman, of Wileman Drive, said: “It is a good idea and it won’t bother me at all. It will add to the traffic around King Street but we can’t stop that and something will go there eventually.” Graham Baddeley, of Victoria Place, added: “The land has been vacant for quite some time and there are plenty of things that could be built there. Sainsbury’s would have been quite nice to save us having to go to Stoke.” Joe Heaney, of Fenton, said: “It won’t cause any problems to anyone.” Council planners are set to rule on the application within weeks. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play. Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram. Police search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes
Etihad’s ‘Closer’ campaign includes TO-Mumbai flights from $1,098 Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, February 22, 2017 ABU DHABI — Etihad Airways’ new ‘Closer’ campaign includes a slew of offers that connects Toronto to world-class destinations at lower cost.The sale applies to both Economy and Business Class guests who book flights between Feb. 22 and March 2 on 12 routes. Guests flying in Economy can travel between March 31-Dec. 10, while Business Class guests can travel between March 15-Dec. 10.With this offer, guests are now one stop away from ticking off adventures and attractions like the Taj Mahal off their bucket lists.Sale offers from Toronto include: Abu Dhabi ($5,940 Business); Ahmedabad ($1,216 Economy, $5,176 Business); Mumbai ($1,098 Economy); Hyderabad ($1,209 Economy); New Delhi ($1,056 Economy, $4,598 Business); Riyadh ($6,351 Business); Karachi ($1,267 Economy, $3,400 Business); Islamabad ($1,417 Economy); Jeddah ($1,235 Economy, $4,000 Business); Dhaka ($1,321 Economy); Lahore ($3,400 Business); and Singapore ($5,589 Business).All prices are based on a return flight and include applicable taxes and charges.On the importance of the Canadian market to the airline, Mohammad Al Bulooki, Executive Vice President Commercial, said: “Canada is a country of huge significance to Etihad Airways and we want to continue providing more of our world-leading products and services to this vital Canadian market in 2017.”More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaEtihad Airways currently operates three-times-weekly direct flights from Toronto to Abu Dhabi with a two-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. All flights to and from Toronto feature Etihad’s Flying Nannies service, which provides assistance to parents with children.Guests are advised to book early. For more go to etihad.com. Tags: Etihad Airways, Promotions Posted by
Blue Diamond Resorts took over the property management last December 2018 and have already made significant improvements to the property, including room renovations and an exclusive vacation experience featuring an upgrade to Diamond Club. This premium level of service features exclusive à la carte restaurants and bar areas as well as a pool and beach areas for the sole use of Diamond Club Guests. << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, June 3, 2019 Travelweek Group TRINIDAD, CUBA — The newly branded Memories Trinidad Del Mar, Cuba has completed phase one of its extensive renovation project.Enhancements have been made to the lobby, restaurants, rooms, pool and beach area and meeting/banquet spaces, while three new culinary experiences that focus on Cuba, Italian and Asian cuisine have been added.Forget musical chairs. We’re all about blue-sical chairs at #MemoriesTrinidadDelMar pic.twitter.com/bUpOT9hAZA— Memories Resorts (@MemoriesResorts) May 27, 2019The new design incorporates all of Memories Resorts’ amenities and services offered throughout the Caribbean. Share Memories Trinidad Del Mar offers 241 spacious suites that come with spacious balconies, plasma TVs, mini bar with premium drinks, coffee maker, ironers and plank tables. Guests also enjoy lively entertainment, yet another Memories signature addition to the hotel. Memories Trinidad Del Mar, Cuba completes first phase of renos Tags: Trinidad and Tobago Posted by