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Thompson’s injury another blow for struggling Cavaliers

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES One of Cleveland’s most dependable players over the past few years, Thompson was injured in the second quarter Wednesday night in a loss to the Indiana Pacers. Thompson, who has been moved out and in of the starting lineup by coach Tyronn Lue, left Quicken Loans Arena using crutches. The team said an MRI confirmed the strain and that he’ll need as much as four weeks to recover before he plays again.Thompson’s injury is the latest setback for the Cavs, who have dropped four straight and are 3-5, not where a team expected to make it to its fourth NBA Finals figured to be at this point.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut injuries, new players, an older roster and defensive lapses have contributed to make the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions one of the early season’s surprises — for the wrong reasons.Cleveland has lost the past four games by a combined 64 points, the most lopsided four-game span for James since he lost four in a row during his rookie season. But that’s when he was virtually alone on a Clevelandteam, not one with All-Stars like Kevin Love, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose. MOST READ Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo (4) passes against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson (13) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — The worst four-game stretch of LeBron James’ career and a shocking start for the Cavaliers got a little worse Thursday.Forward Tristan Thompson could be out a month with a strained left calf.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny As the Cavs regrouped at practice before leaving to play the Washington Wizards on Friday, there were signs of concern or panic about the slow start from such an experienced team. Losses are going to happen.“No one in here is a rookie,” Wade said. “Everyone in here has been through it. Lots of guys have been through the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows. It’s frustrating when you’re going through it.We have to continue to understand that we’re going to get out of this together and this is going to be a distant memory at one point, but right now we’re in it. We have to figure it out and I think we will.”Wade said communication, or a lack of it, has been at the root of Cleveland’s problems. With the league’soldest roster, it’s not a surprise that the Cavs are struggling defensively against younger, and in some cases, more athletic teams.But what it alarming is that the Cavs have been slow to correct their mistakes and teams are shooting so well against them. Cleveland’s opponents are making a league-high 42 percent of their 3-point attempts.Wade joked that it feels like teams are “shooting like 90 percent on open shots and 70 percent on contested shots.”“We have a long way to go defensively,” he said. “If we was at our best defensively and they was tagging us like this, it’d be red alert. Right now, as we said, we’ve got to continue to get our coverages down, our communication down.”ADVERTISEMENT Lue has been scrambling to come up with combinations that work, and his job has been made more difficult by injuries to Rose, Iman Shumpert and with James working himself into shape after missing most of the preseason with a sprained ankle.Also, the Cavs are still without All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, who is still recovering from a hip injury.Wade, who signed a one-year deal for a chance to play alongside his close friend James again, likened the Cavs’ current state to something he experienced a few years ago in Miami.After winning consecutive titles, the Heat started 4-3 before winning 10 straight games. They finished 54-28, won the conference title and made the Finals for the fourth straight year.Wade is still amazed it happened.“I don’t know how we made it,” he said. “As a team, we were kind of like this. It was worse because it wasn’t new guys. It was guys who had been around each other four years in a row. Your jokes weren’t funny anymore to other guys, when you walked in it wasn’t a big smile any more. Guys were just over you. It’s like being in a bad marriage. But we somehow made it to the Finals.“Indiana should have beat us that year. We had a mental edge over those guys and we were able to win. But we shouldn’t have been there. So it’s tough, definitely. That’s why it hasn’t been done a lot. For the guys here, you have to pull from something else to motivate you, to get you to feel that hunger again like you had that first year. That’s sports, it’s tough.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadal remains on track for first Paris Masters title Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View commentslast_img read more

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Fiorentina winger rules out Chelsea return

first_img1 Mohamed Salah in action for Chelsea Fiorentina winger Mohamed Salah has revealed he has no plans to return to Chelsea once his loan spell expires.The 22-year-old joined the Serie A side on transfer deadline day, arriving on a temporary deal until the end of the season.After making the switch the Egypt international has admitted he has no desire to return to Stamford Bridge, where he made just three Premier League appearances this season.“At the moment I don’t intend to return to Chelsea,” Salah said.“I want to do well with Fiorentina. I spoke with [Chelsea manager Jose] Mourinho and told him I wanted to leave Chelsea and he was fine.“The Italian League is of a high standard.”last_img read more

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How Everton could benefit from Man United’s search for a new defender

first_img Arsenal ace heading for January exit as German club ready bid for midfielder Transfer news Argentina were five minutes away from a humiliating exit but Marcos Rojo’s volley bailed them out against Nigeria at the World Cup Signing imminent? Man United target ‘on flight’ to England for talks with club Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star REAL DEAL Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing GOSSIP IN DEMAND Carroll explains why he wanted to fail Liverpool medical before £35m move Mourinho gave United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward his list of “five names a few months ago” and is now playing the waiting game as the deadline creeps closer. three-way race 2 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LIVING THE DREAM center_img Maguire joined Leicester from Hull last summer ‘perfect fit” They are on the verge of signing Lucas Digne, the Barcelona left-back, but would like another defender.Goodison Park boss Marco Silva managed the 28-year-old Rojo when they were at Sporting Lisbon together and has already signed Richarlison from former club Watford for an initial £35 million.United’s pursuit of a new centre-back could play into Everton’s hands and, according to the Manchester Evening News, Rojo is the man they feel is expendable.They have been strongly linked with Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire this summer and asked about whether or not the club are likely to sign more players before the transfer window closes, United manager Jose Mourinho he was.“I am confident I get one, but I think two I am not going to get, which is not a drama.“I think in every pre-season it happens basically the same and probably with every club, which is the manager wants more.“It’s our nature, it’s out way of being – you always want more for your team.“But then club decisions are different and normally you don’t get what you want, which happened basically during all my career.“So, if I get one player until the end of the market, that’s fine.” Everton are understood to be closing on Manchester United and Argentina defender Marcos Rojo.The Toffees are trying to reinforce their defence, as Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines are in the final year of their contracts, and have also been linked with Barcelona and Colombia defender Yerry Mina. 2 fear Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out heading off on his way Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minaminolast_img read more