Called shot: LeBron’s fadeaway has Raptors endangered

first_imgMOST READ Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots over Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball playoffs second-round series Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)CLEVELAND — LeBron James has perfected a signature, soul-crushing shot that also seems to describe what’s happening again to the Toronto Raptors.The fadeaway.ADVERTISEMENT View comments ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ With cold-blooded precision, James worked the 24-second shot clock down to single digits before sinking one fadeaway after the next in Game 2 on Thursday night, each swish pushing the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference closer to ending a season that was supposed to conclude differently.Instead, it’s a replay: another Raptors extinction is expected.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBack from LeBronto, as some have nicknamed Canada’s multi-cultural metropolis, James and the Cavaliers — featuring a rejuvenated Kevin Love — will host Game 3 on Saturday night. They look to tighten their stranglehold on a semifinal series that has gotten away from the Raptors.In the East’s other semifinal, the Philadelphia Sixers are trusting their process — and that Ben Simmons will shake off a horrible performance in Game 2 — before they fall into their own 3-0 hole against a Boston Celtics team that added a spectacular comeback to a season of overcoming long odds. Boston wiped out Philly’s 22-point lead on Thursday to open a 2-0 lead. James is 21-0 in playoff series in which he has held a 2-0 lead, and the 33-year-old seems intent on dispatching the Raptors for a third straight postseason and maybe get to his eighth straight Finals.“When he retires, that’s what you admire what he’s done,” said Toronto coach Dwane Casey. “Right now he’s the enemy and we’ve got to do a better job of not being part of history. We’ve got to make LeBron work harder for his catches and work harder for some of his possessions. You’ve got to live with something. Some of those shots are indefensible.”A closer look at Saturday’s games:CELTICS AT 76ERSBoston leads 2-0. Game 3, 5 p.m. EDT, ESPNNEED TO KNOWThe Sixers are headed back to the Wells Fargo Center where they won 30 regular-season games and two more in a first-round playoff series over Miami. Philly won a franchise-record 16 straight games to close the season, so a comeback isn’t totally out of reach. But history — and a Celtics team clicking — is working against the Sixers. Boston has won all 36 playoff series when it has a 2-0 lead.KEEP AN EYE ONSimmons. He was a leading contender for rookie of the year and a regular threat to notch a triple-double. But where was he in Game 2 when he failed to score a field goal for the first time? Simmons said he was “overthinking.” Perhaps his mind was racing from Boston’s physical defense, which kept him from driving to the basket and forced him into five turnovers.INJURY UPDATE Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC 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 Both teams are relatively healthy.PRESSURE IS ONDeRozan and Raptors guard Kyle Lowry. They’ve spent the past two years chasing and not catching James. The only way for the Raptors not to be considered pretenders again is for them to dethrone King James and they’re running out of time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jaylen Brown returned to the Celtics after sitting out the opener with a strained right hamstring. He came off the bench and played 25 minutes, scoring 13 points and grabbing four rebounds.PRESSURE IS ONSixers coach Brett Brown. The playoffs are about adjustments and he needs to make one to free Simmons from Boston’s defensive clutches. If Simmons continues to struggle, Brown may have to stick with backup point guard T.J. McConnell, who sparked the Sixers with eight points, five assists and two steals in 17 minutes of Game 2.RAPTORS AT CAVALIERSCleveland leads 2-0. Game 5, 8:30 p.m., ESPNNEED TO KNOWJames continues to ascend and astound. He’s averaging 34.4 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists and 41.7 minutes in his 13th postseason. He has led Cleveland in points and assists in 10 consecutive playoff games, tying Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson for the longest such streak in postseason history.KEEP AN EYE ONToronto’s defense on James and Love, who scored 31 in Game 2. Casey has to try something new to slow down James because nothing is working. His ability to post up creates a dilemma: guard him with one player and he gets to the rim; double-team him and risk him finding an open teammate for an uncontested shot.The Raptors need to force some mistakes after the Cavs had a franchise playoff record-low three turnovers in Game 2.INJURY UPDATE Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding After Canelo fell out, Gennady Golovkin picks up Martirosyan LATEST STORIES For the Raptors, this is all so familiar, so painful.They insist that the magnificent James, who has won eight straight playoff games against the Raptors and eliminated Toronto from the past two postseasons, is not in their heads. That’s what the Raptors are saying; they might not believe it.After James dropped shots and jaws with 43 points on 28 shots with 14 assists and eight rebounds in Game 2, All-Star forward DeMar DeRozan insisted the Raptors will fight back.“It’s the first one to win four,” he said. “It’s not over.”History begs to differ.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Province seeks feedback to ban, reduce, recycle more plastics

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of B.C. is inviting British Columbians to have their say on proposed new actions to reduce the plastic waste polluting the province’s waterways, environment and landfills.George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, says the Province needs to take action to reduce plastic waste in order to protect wildlife, adding that he looks forward to hearing public feedback on this issue.“The message from British Columbians is loud and clear – we need to take action to reduce plastic waste, especially single-use items like water bottles and plastic bags that often find their way into our waters, streets and environment. We have all seen the striking images of animals and fish being caught up in everyday plastic waste like grocery bags or beer can loops that ensnare these beautiful creatures and it cannot continue. I look forward to hearing from people about how we can all play a part in reducing plastic pollution and plastics use overall.”- Advertisement -While B.C. is a North American leader with 22 industry-led recycling programs, the Province says they are working with counterparts Canada-wide to develop national standards specifying the minimum amount of recycled plastic in new packaging and products.The deadline to submit public feedback on the reduction of plastic waste is September 18, 2019.To take part in the survey, you can visit cleanbc.ca/plastics.Advertisementlast_img read more