first_imgCLEVELAND – It was a one-off, a happenstance, a freak occurrence…there are many possibilities to consider regarding the Golden State blowout.One thing is certain; when the Cavaliers were destroyed that Monday night the entire city went into panic mode. Any and all mitigating factors were ignored…the verdict was in: the 2015-16 Cleveland Cavaliers were deemed not good enough to win the NBA title.In a city that has become synonymous with professional sports futility, when Golden State came into Quicken Loans Arena and left with the Cavs’ collective manhood there was almost a fan-wide feeling of resignation. It was almost like everyone was waiting for the other shoe to drop, and it did.With a bang.Here’s the thing…are things really as bad as they seemed in the waning hours after the Warriors’ demolition of the Cleveland Cavaliers?The backlash was fairly brutal. David Blatt, who had patiently guided his charges to the Eastern Conference title last season, was shown the door. Enter his No. 1 assistant, Tyronn Lue, who was given the chance of a lifetime…with all the expectations in the world riding on his ability to get things “turned around.”At the time of Blatt’s firing the team had a four-game lead in the Eastern Conference standings. That lead is down to just two games over the surging Toronto Raptors.In the first game of the season the Cavaliers lost a tight one on the road to the Chicago Bulls. In the first game of Lue’s tenure they lost a home game to those same Bulls…a game that wasn’t very close.Here’s the thing: things were not as bad as they seemed. Sure, Blatt did not have a firm handle on his team and the relationship between him and his players was on the downside. It’s hard to respect a coach that doesn’t even know when his starting shooting guard is almost two hours late for the biggest game of the season, as was J.R. Smith on the evening of the Golden State fiasco.The team, however, was fine. People are talking about this big roster shakeup that “has to happen” for the team to actually compete with the Warriors in the NBS Finals. Sorry, this is not reality.Let’s look at the way things are, and the perception of where things should be. Pages: 1 2 3 Related TopicsCavaliersLebron JamesNBA Mike Perry Mike Perry has been a sports journalist for over a quarter-century. He still remembers his first assignment, covering a Lorain High School basketball game as a correspondent for The Morning Journal in Lorain. Since then he has covered sports big and small, from Little League baseball to the NBA Playoffs. During his career he has worked as a beat writer, columnist and editor. He once spent a five-year sentence covering the Pittsburgh Steelers for The Butler Eagle in suburban Pittsburgh, but those difficult days are behind him. As one of the area’s foremost authorities in the Mid-American Conference, expect Perry to keep NEO Sports Insiders informed about the happenings in his favorite mid-major conference whether you like it or not. Perry lives in Amherst with his wife of 14 years, Christy, and two sons…Mitchell (8) and Matthew (6)last_img read more

first_imgSee also:Late Alonso goal gives Chelsea victory at WembleyPochettino allays Trippier injury concernsPochettino: We were much better than ChelseaWenger ‘highly determined’ to keep Oxlade-ChamberlainSpurs v Chelsea player ratingsBakayoko rose to the occasion – ConteChelsea to face Atletico and Roma in Champions LeagueConte refuses to comment on Llorente Embed from Getty ImagesAntonio Conte hailed Chelsea’s players after their dramatic victory over rivals Tottenham at Wembley.Spurs dominated much of their first league game at the national stadium but were undone by two goals from Marcos Alonso.AdChoices广告Alonso put the champions ahead with a superb free-kick and then netted a late winner after Michy Batshuayi’s own goal.Chelsea’s triumph came despite the absence of key players such as Eden Hazard and suspended duo Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas.Blues boss Conte said: “I must be pleased. I want to thank my players. They showed me great desire, great will, great heart – I saw fighters and a lot of positive things.Embed from Getty Images“It is not easy for us in this moment with injuries and suspensions. Despite this, to play away against Tottenham and win is a fantastic result.“We suffered in this game but we showed we were dangerous in every moment and were ready to try to score the second goal.“Don’t forget that last season, after 13 wins in a row, we lost 2-0 to Tottenham. Instead today I saw a lot of positive things.”Conte also paid tribute to the Chelsea fans who saw their team defend resolutely before snatching the points.“I want to thank our fans because the atmosphere was incredible,” said the Italian.“In that type of atmosphere I think our fans were very important because they tried to push us in every moment of the game when we were suffering.“Our fans tried to push us despite 70,000 Tottenham supporters.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgUntil recently, they were teammates at Real (Madrid), and now one has taken the other’s boyfriend. One of the sons of the “white ballet” coach Zinedine Zidane – the goalkeeper Luca, is already with the beautiful Marina, who was with Marco Asensio.The couple in love initially hid their relationship, but decided to raise the curtain. Luca Zidane, 22, and Marina Muntane posted joint photos on Instagram at the same time. The lovers showed up from Ibiza, where they are on vacation.Winbet – double the thrill of the game! (18+)Zidane Jr. turned out to be unnecessary at Real (Madrid) and is currently without a team after the expiration of his contract with the “royal” club. Last season the goalkeeper was hired in Racing (Santander).Marina with Marco Asensio:last_img read more