Granger is seeking to…

first_imgMr Granger went on to speak about the NICIL $30B bond for the industry which, he said, is aimed at re-balancing the industry. On this matter, he should be the last to speak. The President, in June this year, during his visit to Albion Estate, said: “We are going to ensure that that money comes in a timely manner and in sufficient amounts.” It is now December and the money has stopped coming altogether according to GuySuCo. Mr Marks indicated to the President that the bond proceeds were not intended for wages and salaries. Again, President Granger averted the question and spoke about the Management of the industry which our Union has some concerns about.Mr Granger is seeking to avoid, like the plague, the sugar industry and the situation of the sugar workers. Prior to the election as President, in an interview, he said: “…we want to save the sugar industry, we want to save the livelihoods of sugar workers…” Today, he is in the driver’s seat and his actions are much louder and clearer than his words. Indeed, his deeds speak a mouthful.Today, while he refuses to even answer whether his Government could assist the sugar workers, his response is unequivocal. He has not a care for the sugar workers, their families and their communities. This year, while he and his big wigs will have a happy and jolly time, the workers and their families and their communities will once again be darkened. Their hopes of a bright season dashed as the Grinch, Mr Granger, has once again stolen Christmas from them.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

Springboks edge All Blacks in thriller

first_img14 July 2008It took a long time, but South Africa finally ended their decade-long run without a win on New Zealand soil with a thrilling 30-28 victory on Saturday. It was the Springboks’ first win in eight matches at Dunedin – and the All Blacks’ fourth loss ever at “The House of Pain”.The South Africans also brought to an end New Zealand’s five-year unbeaten run at home, dating back to 2003 when the soon-to-be world champions England won 15-13 in Wellington.It was a keenly contested clash with no more than six points – less than a converted try – separating the teams throughout the match.PresentsAs a fiftieth test present for Bakkies Botha, it could hardly have been better, and as a twenty-second birthday present for JP Pietersen, who was called up for the first time this season, it might well have been a bigger occasion than his landmark twenty-first birthday in 2007.Both sides contributed to an epic clash with far more positive rugby than the previous week – there were fewer instances of off-the-ball incidents and the scrums were a lot tidier than they had been in Wellington. Even the lineouts looked more orderly.For Springbok coach Peter de Villiers, the result was the best riposte possible in the wake of some heavy, and at times unkind and personal, criticism that he endured following the 19-8 loss the previous weekend in Wellington.CarisbrookThree years previously, at Carisbrook, the All Blacks had come from behind to score the winning points in a 31-27 victory with four minutes to play in a contest in which the lead changed hand six times.This time around it was the Springboks that scored the winning points with four minutes to play. But back to the beginning of the contest.All Black flyhalf Daniel Carter, who enjoyed a fantastic outing in New Zealand’s win the previous week, got proceedings underway in a bitingly cold Dunedin. Despite the nasty weather, an enthusiastic crowd had packed in to witness the showdown between the World Cup winners and New Zealand, who had moved to the number one ranking in world rugby after their 19-8 victory.Carter puts NZ in frontIt took four minutes to get the scoreboard moving and it was the All Blacks who made the first impression upon it. Springbok flank Schalk Burger was pinged for a high tackle on Carter – there was no malice in it, but the call was fair – and the Kiwis’ number-10 banged over the penalty attempt to put the home side 3-0 up.The Boks could have had a penalty shortly afterwards for offsides at a ruck, but referee Goddard let it go. Two minutes later, however, Joe van Niekerk was blown up for entering a ruck from the side and Carter again hit the target to give New Zealand a 6-0 lead.That advantage lasted only three minutes before Percy Montgomery reduced it to three points after Adam Thomson had been penalised for being offsides.After a quarter-of-an-hour the All Blacks were again six points in front thanks to an offside call that went against South Africa.Montgomery on targetAs it had occurred earlier in the game, however, the six point lead lasted just three minutes before Montgomery struck his second penalty safely between the upright to make the score 9-6 in favour of New Zealand.The veteran Bok fullback then pulled SA level with another sweetly struck penalty, but Carter responded within a couple of minutes to edged the All Blacks 12-9 in front.After half-an-hour there was a crucial change to the New Zealand pack when lock Ali Williams was substituted. He had earlier come off second to Schalk Burger in a big hit that not only dazed the giant second-rower, it also re-injured his right ankle, which had caused him problems in training during the week.The experienced Williams was replaced by newcomer Kevin O’Neill. He joined Anthony Boric, who was starting his first test in the All Black second row, while the opposition Springboks boasted 122 caps between their locks, Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha.Springbok tryShortly after the departure of Williams, the Springboks hit the front. Attacking off of a five-metre scrum, Joe van Niekerk burst quickly towards the corner flag on the blind. All Black captain Rodney So’oialo tried to cut down the angle, but Van Niekerk, who could have scored himself, passed to Pietersen. He dotted down to celebrate his twenty-second birthday in style.After going the entire Super 14 and the early parts of the Currie Cup season without scoring a single try, Pietersen had finally scored a five-pointer and not just any try – one against the All Blacks in New Zealand.Montgomery’s conversion attempt from the right-hand touchline was wide, but South Africa led 14-12.Carter tried to put the New Zealanders back in front with a long-range drop-goal shot, but his kick was wide. It wouldn’t be the last time he attempted a drop in the game.Drop goalWith three minutes to go to the interval, referee Goddard signalled that he was playing an advantage to South Africa after the All Blacks had strayed offsides at a ruck. The Springboks didn’t need a kick at goal as Butch James neatly slotted a drop goal to give South Africa a five-point lead at 17-12.That advantage was reduced to only two points at the break when Carter struck yet another penalty after Adi Jacobs was somewhat harshly penalised for a late tackle.From the restart Carter drilled a superb kick down into the Springboks’ 22-metre area to put Victor Matfield’s men under pressure.It was clear that the New Zealanders were trying to up the pace in the second stanza and the Boks were under the cosh. Their stout defence, however, stood firm.Eight minutes into the half, Francois Steyn replaced Adi Jacobs, who had picked up an injury, in the centre.New Zealand tryNew Zealand continued to camp in the South African 22-metre area and the pressure finally told. After Conrad Smith and Andrew Ellis had made inroads into the Springbok defence, big Sione Lauaki – on as a substitute for Jerome Kaino – made an immediate impact when he scored with his first touch of the game.Carter added the extras to put New Zealand back in front by 22 points to 17.It was down to a two-point lead only four minutes later when Leon MacDonald was penalised for a high tackle on Bryan Habana. With Percy Montgomery having just left the field for Conrad Jantjes, it was Butch James who slotted the kick.With 15 minutes to go Carter showed his genius when he gathered a poor pass, spun almost 360 degrees, and snapped over a drop goal to open New Zealand’s lead to 25-20. Amazingly, it was only his second successful drop goal in test matches.Two-point gameBok flyhalf James made it a two-point game again with 12 minutes to play, but only a minute later it needed a superb tackle by Steyn right on the SA tryline on All Black loosehead prop Tony Woodcock to prevent the New Zealanders from replying with a try.Then, with only eight minutes to go, it seemed that disaster had struck the Springboks’ cause. Captain Matfield was sin-binned for a high tackle on Lauaki. It wasn’t nasty – in fact far less dangerous than other high tackles seen earlier in the game – but referee Goddard has told both skippers the next player to make a high tackle would be sin-binned and Matfield was gone.It was a huge loss to South Africa; Matfield had played an outstanding game, reigning supreme at the lineouts and making an industrious contribution around the field.Wrote his name in the history booksWith fourteen men to New Zealand’s fifteen, the Boks kept going and, with four minutes to go, Ricky Januarie wrote his name in the history books with an outstanding try.From a ruck about 10 metres inside the All Black half, he spotted a gap around the fringes and darted through what had appeared to be a solid wall of black. New Zealand fullback Leon MacDonald came across to meet him, but Januarie chipped the ball over him.Racing through at pace, he almost made it to the ball before it bounced. When it hit the ground, it bounced up into his hands and he dived across the tryline for a spectacular try. It wasn’t over yet, however, with the scores level at 28-28 and the conversion to come.James had been replaced by Ruan Pienaar, so that left Francois Steyn to take the pressure kick. He struck it cleanly and true, edging South Africa into the lead.All Black onslaughtNew Zealand mounted a furious effort to get back the lead and Carter was wide, not far off target, to the right of the poles with a drop goal attempt.With the Springbok defence unyielding, the All Blacks tried to set up Carter for another drop goal. After working the ball infield through a series of drives off the ruck, the ball was passed back to the flyhalf. He struck his kick was charged down.Steyn gathered the ball and, holding on for dear life, carried a couple of New Zealand tacklers 15 metres up the field before he was brought to ground. The hooter sounded and Januarie, fittingly, was able to clear the ball off the field to seal South Africa’s win.SA worthy winnersWhile Carter had turned every kick that came his way into points, the Springboks had missed eight points – two penalties and a conversion – which suggests that they had a slight edge over New Zealand in the game; truth be told, that edge was worth about two points only.With one more away contest – against Australia in Perth next week – and three home tests to come – two against the Wallabies and one against the All Blacks – the Springboks are in a good position to make an assault on the Tri-Nations title.A win in the southern hemisphere tournament would certainly add lustre to their winning effort in the 2007 Rugby World Cup.In the mean time, South Africa has that World Cup title and a return to the top of the IRB world rankings to cherish.Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Roundtripping with DaVinci Resolve

first_imgIn the following video tutorials you’ll learn a color grading workflow to move your project from a video editing app to DaVinci Resolve…and back again.Denver Riddle over at has the lowdown on the best way to get your project in and out of DaVinci Resolve.  Although you can certainly bring in a flattened final video into Resolve for color correction and grading, it severely limits your ability to make future editing changes to the project.  Instead, Denver’s color grading workflow is a much better alternative, utilizing the ability of your video editing application and DaVinci Resolve to input/export XML files.Although some colorists ask for an XML file directly from their video editor clients, a much better solution would be to obtain a media managed project instead.  In the following Part I video, Denver demonstrates how to media manage projects in Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X and Premiere.  Once you, the colorist, receives the media managed project you’ll need to prep it to be optimized in Resolve – delete unused clips and remove effects or filters that might cause potential conflicts.  Here’s how:Video 2 continues this color grading roundtrip workflow by demonstrating how to bring your video editing project in and out of DaVinci Resolve.  Once the project has been cleaned up in the video editing app, you’ll export it as an XML and bring it into Resolve.  Conform and grade your project in Resolve and then bring it back into your video editing app for finishing.  Denver’s DaVinci Resolve workflow provides both the colorist and editor the flexibility to modify the edit or the color grade throughout the post-production process.  This is a color grading workflow worth implementing!last_img read more

Understanding Lenses: Image Stabilization

first_imgImage stabilization is an easy concept to grasp, but the implications of having a more stable image goes far beyond sharp photos.At its core, image stabilization (abbreviated ‘IS’) does exactly what you’d imagine, it compensates for the movement of your camera or lens to produce a more sharp image. There are two very different types of image stabilization offered in modern cameras: lens stabilization and sensor stabilization. While sensor stabilization may be a little easier to understand, the majority of this article will cover lens stabilization, as it is most common in professional camera equipment.Lens StabilizationLens stabilization occurs deep within your camera lens using a system of electromagnets to move internal glass elements. When image stabilization is engaged, your camera will activate these electromagnets and create a “spring-like” suspension system where the glass can absorb camera shake, thus making your still images more sharp and your video more smooth.The internal glass is suspended by electromagnets that act like a spring.While the stabilization concept is exactly the same across every lens brand. Different names for Optical Stabilization include:Canon – Image Stabilization (IS)Nikon – Vibration Reduction (VR)Sigma – Optical Stabilization (OS)Tamron – Vibration Compensation (VC)Leica – MegaOISPentax – Shake Reduction (SR)While the names may be different, all the image stabilization mentioned above all stand for the exact same lens stabilization method.Sensor StabilizationIn Sensor Stabilization the sensor moves to compensate for shake, not the lens.In contrast to lens-based stabilization, sensor stabilization doesn’t rely on moving parts inside the lens. Instead, as the name implies, the physical camera sensor moves to compensate for the shift in movement. Because sensor stabilizers require more room to shift the output image, the lens output (the light projected on the sensor) must be much larger than the sensor itself, meaning this type of stabilization is virtually impossible with full-frame sensors. Olympus and Sony cameras often use sensor stabilization in their cameras. The biggest downside to using sensor based stabilization is that stabilization needs to be adjusted for different lenses. Why is it Important?Image stabilizers are important because they make your image sharper, even at slower shutter speeds. As you may know, an image shot at 1/125 of a second will be more sharp than an image shot at 1/8 of a second. The downside being an image shot at 1/125 of a second it will be 4 stops darker than an image shot at 1/8. However, most lens stabilizers allow users to have the “sharpness equivalent” of a shutter speed 3-4 times slower. For example, a lens with a 4-stop stabilizer shot at 1/8 shutter speed should have the same sharpness as in image shot at 1/125 without image stabilization, but with 16x more light!However, not all lenses allow for 3-4 stops of stabilization. Before you buy your lens check how many stops the stabilizer guarantees, it makes a huge difference.With and without Image Stabilization, Courtesy of B&HHaving the ability to shoot at slower shutter speeds is really important for any photographer. If you were to switch from a lens without image stabilization to a lens with 4-stop image stabilization it would be like going from an f/5.6 lens to an f/1.4!Problems with StabilizersNo matter how steady your hands are there will always be a little camera shake if your holding the camera with your hands, making image stabilizers very useful. But if you were to take your camera, place it on a tripod or table, and leave the image stabilizer on, the stabilizer will still try to stabilize the image even if there is no camera shake. It may result in the lens perpetually stabilizing itself in an endless “feedback loop” which can break the stabilization features in your lens. So be sure you turn off IS if your camera is on a tripod (newer stabilized lenses will automatically shut IS off if they detect the camera is on a tripod).Stay Alert! Anti-Shake vs Image StabilizationAnti-Shake is NOT the same as Image StabilzationSome lower-end camera manufacturers will try to fool their customers into thinking the camera has built-in image stabilization by saying it has “anti-shake” technology or an “ant-blur” mode. In reality these “features” do nothing more than reduce the shutter speed or increase the ISO. While this isn’t a feature in professional cameras, it is more common in lower-end cameras. Always check the detailed feature specs before making a purchase!Mode 1 & Mode 2Mode 2 allows users to blur the background while keeping the subject sharp.While older lenses with stabilizers usually stabilize for panning(left, right) and tilting(up, down), newer lenses are increasingly giving photographers the option to turn off panning stabilization with “mode 2”. In mode 2 the lens will still feature vertical stabilization, but it will allow for panning motion blurring to occur. This is important for photographers that like to shoot shoot pictures of moving objects with a burred background to insinuate speed.Is Image Stabilization Worth It?Having the ability to shoot at a lower shutter speed is extremely important for you as a photographer, but with more stops comes an increased price. In fact, a lens with image stabilization is likely to be almost double the cost of a lens without it. In the end it all comes down to what you are looking for…If you are looking for the most light possible than image stabilization will definitely get you a bigger bang for you buck compared to purchasing a lens with a lower f-stop number. However, if you are wanting a lens that can get you more bokeh or a blurrier background than you might want to purchase a lens with a larger aperture instead. In my personal experience I prefer more light to a blurry background, but it all depends on your shooting style.ConclusionImage stabilization is a extremely important….arguably more important than a low f-stop number. Before you purchase your next lens check and see how many stops of stabilization the lens will offer.If you need a crash course in Aperture or Focal Length check out our other posts in the Understanding Lenses series.ResourcesImage Stabilization – WikipediaImage Stabilization: When to Turn it Off – B&HImage Stabilization – Ken RockwellDid we leave anything out? 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Aphria to invest 10M in branded venture targeting recreational pot market

first_imgLEAMINGTON, Ont. – Medical marijuana producer Aphria Inc. says it plans to invest $10 million in a company merging two cannabis brands to target the incoming recreational pot market in Canada.Aphria (TSX:APH) says it has committed to a $10-million equity investment in the venture merging luxury marijuana brands Ontario-based Tokyo Smoke and British Columbia-based DOJA Cannabis Company, which is expected to be renamed Hiku Brand Co. Ltd.The Leamington, Ont.-based marijuana company already holds a stake in TS BrandCo Holdings Inc., known as Tokyo Smoke, and last year signed a licensing agreement to produce and ship cannabis with its branding to medical marijuana patients.Aphria chief executive Vic Neufeld says the investment marks the company’s first venture into premium British Columbia cannabis as it anticipates that branding will become an important differentiator in the recreational pot market, with legalization expected next year.DOJA has a production facility in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley and a Culture Cafe information centre in Kelowna, while Tokyo Smoke has six coffee and cannabis accessory shops across Canada and one due to open in Seattle early next year.Aphria says it is also looking to finalize other agreements, pending the approval of a cannabis sales license for DOJA’s wholly-owned subsidiary, including access to West Coast cannabis and Hiku’s retail locations in provinces where private licenses will be granted.last_img read more

TD CEO says bank would consider cannabis sector financings once legal

first_imgTORONTO – TD Bank would consider participating in cannabis sector financings after recreational marijuana becomes legal in Canada later this year, said its chief executive Thursday.Bharat Masrani said to reporters after their annual meeting of shareholders that the Toronto-based bank views the federal legalization of pot for adult use as an “important data point.”Any potential cannabis client would be assessed on its merits but the bank would have to ensure that it did not have a presence in the U.S., where marijuana remains illegal on a federal level, he said.“If it’s against the law, we will not of course be in that business. In Canada, it’s changing, and we will look at it greater detail,” Masrani said. “And where appropriate, we will see what we can do for some of our clients.”The bank is continuing to study the industry to determine what are the key risks that the bank has to mitigate, he said.Canada’s largest banks had largely steered clear of the country’s cannabis sector until January, when Bank of Montreal co-led a $175 million bought deal financing for licensed producer Canopy Growth.Canopy, Canada’s largest licensed producer, does not have any exposure to the U.S. market.While cannabis for recreational or medical use is legal in several states, such as California and Colorado, it is classified as an illegal schedule 1 drug under U.S. federal law.As Canada prepares for national legalization of the drug, the Trump administration is taking a harder line on cannabis than its predecessor.In January, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo which suggested that the federal government would not intervene in states where the drug is legal. Instead, Sessions said it would be up to federal prosecutors in states where the drug is legal to decide how aggressively to enforce the law.last_img read more

Freezing Rain warning remains in place for BC expands into Alberta

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A freezing rain warning remains in place for the B.C. Peace and has been expanded into Alberta.The warning says freezing rain is possible Sunday morning due to a Pacific disturbance crossing the B.C. Peace River region. A few mm of ice accumulation is possible before the system passes through late Sunday morning.An area of freezing rain has moved into west-central Alberta.  Freezing rain will end late Sunday morning.For current road conditions visit and in Alberta, visit 511.alberta.caSee the full warning for both regions below. Freezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm.Warnings7:12 AM MST Sunday 13 January 2019Freezing rain warning in effect for:Co. of Grande Prairie near Beaverlodge Hythe and DemmittCo. of Grande Prairie near Grande Prairie and WembleyCo. of Grande Prairie near Sexsmith and La GlaceM.D. of Greenview near DeBoltM.D. of Greenview near Little SmokyM.D. of Greenview near O’Brien Prov. Park and Big Mtn CreekM.D. of Greenview near Sturgeon LakeM.D. of Greenview near Valleyview and New Fish CreekM.D. of Greenview near Wapiti and Shuttler Flats Rec. AreaFreezing rain is expected or occurring.An area of freezing rain has moved into west-central Alberta.Freezing rain will end later this morning.Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Slow down driving in slippery conditions. Watch for taillights ahead and maintain a safe following distance. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #ABStorm. UPDATE #3 – The freezing rain warning has ended in the B.C. North PeaceUPDATE #2 – As of 8:30 a.m. – Grande Prairie RCMP are warning motorists of extremely icy road conditions in Grande Prairie and on Highway 40.  Grande Prairie Rural members are currently responding to a multi-vehicle collision South of Grande Prairie on Highway 40 at the correction line. Travel in the Grande Prairie area is not recommended unless necessary at this time.UPDATE – The freezing rain warning has ended for the B.C. South Peace but remains in place for the North Peace and Alberta Peace.center_img Warnings3:34 AM PST Sunday 13 January 2019Freezing rain warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverFreezing rain is expected or occurring.A Pacific disturbance crossing the BC Peace River region has spread freezing rain to the area, as warm, moist air overruns subfreezing air near the surface. A few mm of ice accretion is possible before the system passes through later this morning.Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas.last_img read more

Zimmer and Kent visits North Peace Seniors Housing Society

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local M.P. Bob Zimmer and the Honourable Peter Kent, M.P. for Thornhill, Ontario, made a visit to tenants of the North Peace Seniors Housing Society on May 3.Kent discussed the ethics or lack thereof that many companies have when it comes to using personal information.According to Kent, many companies use the personal information that they have found through online purchases, social media and even Google/Gmail emails and sell this information to the highest bidder in hopes to sell users things they want them to buy and, unfortunately, some may even use this information to try to sway personal views on important political matters. Kent says the Ethics Committee’s goal is to curb and reprimand these companies that use personal information in an unethical manner.Along with Kent, Zimmer talked about LNG, Site C, gas pricing and other issues concerning the local, provincial and federal government.last_img read more

Syndicate involved in fake visa racket busted two held

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police on Tuesday said that they have busted a syndicate, who sent people abroad on fake UAE employment visa, from IGI airport. The law enforcement agency has arrested two agents who were involved in 17 cases of fake UAE visa racket.The investigating agency said that one of the accused used to ‘sell’ visa through announcement on the street of Kaptanganj in Uttar Pradesh. Police identified the accused as Javed Ali (46) and Manoj Kumar Sharma (46). Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia said that in the year 2017, total 17 FIRs were registered on the complaints filed by immigration officials wherein it is alleged that on April 8, 2017, total 17 passengers were deported from Dubai Airport (UAE) as all were found using fake UAE employment visa. “Immigration officials got verified the alleged 17 employment visa from UAE Embassy in India and they were found fake,” said DCP IGI. He further said that during investigation, it was found that alleged 17 visa were provided to them by Javed Ali for a considerable amount of Rs one lakh from each passengers. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsPolice said that accused Javed Ali was advertising for easy UAE employment visa through Public Address System in local city Kaptanganj, Uttar Pradesh and induced the public at large. On April 17, police team nabbed him from village Babhnauli. “He used to shout “visa le lo” on the corner of the street,” added investigator. The investigating agency further added that Ali in connivance of his two accomplices, named Prince Yadav and Manoj Kumar Sharma, provided fake visa to 17 persons, all residents of his neighbourhood villages in UP. During the course of the investigation, bank account details were obtained and eventually accused Manoj Kumar Sharma has also been arrested. The search of co-accused Prince Yadav is being made. Investigation revealed accused Prince was the one who prepared and printed the fake Visa in these cases. Shops being used for running fake racket According to investigators, the fraudsters involved in such type of racket are running the racket in the garb of shops.”In cases, we have found that property dealing shops used for crime,” said investigator. They further added that these gangs select those places where people want to go abroad for a job. After opening a common shop in the locality they also tell people about their visa activity when they visit accused place. “Rates for the preparation fake documents also changes,” said police officer adding that most of the gangs run on four to five people.last_img read more

These CavsWarriors Games Are Not Previews Of The NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors beat the brakes off of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday in a 126-91 win. Basketball fans are fairly well trained not to extrapolate too much of the regular season to what will happen in the postseason, but with a walloping this thorough it’s natural to wonder if the Cavs have any chance in the Finals.But after two Warriors-Cavs games this season, we likely still haven’t seen what the teams will look like if they meet for the third Finals in a row this June.Basketball matchups aren’t really between teams, they’re between lineups. Fans are familiar with the famous five-man units, like the Warriors’ Death Lineup of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Harrison Barnes, or the Megadeath Lineup, which swaps out Barnes for Kevin Durant. But the ramifications of more minor adjustments can be profound: In last season’s Finals, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Richard Jefferson, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson outscored opponents by 26.9 points per 100 possessions in 66 minutes; but when they swapped out Thompson for Iman Shumpert for 14 minutes, the Cavs were outscored by 16 points, or 56.6 points per 100 possessions.So lineups matter. And during the regular season, the Cavs’ and Warriors’ Finals lineups don’t play each other very much.The Cavs’ five most-favored lineups against the Warriors during the regular season have played a combined two minutes against them in the Finals. Two minutes! Obviously, injuries have been a factor: Kevin Love missed all the 2015 Finals, and Kyrie Irving was injured in Game 1 and did not play again in the series. But considering the most-played lineup against Golden State in 2016-17 includes DeAndre Liggins, and neither J.R. Smith nor Kyle Korver appears in a top-5 lineup, it’s a safe bet that we haven’t seen Cleveland’s preferred lineups against Golden State.The Warriors haven’t been much more consistent. In 2014-15, the five lineups that played most161 percent of available minutes. against the Cavs in the Warriors’ regular season games played 45 percent of available minutes in the Finals, anchored largely by the Death Lineup, which played 24 percent of the minutes (most of any lineup in that Finals) and outscored the Cavs by 21.8 points per 100 possessions.Last season, however, an injury to Bogut and a slump from Barnes threw the Warriors into disarray, as their five most favored lineups against the Cavs from the regular season played just 15 percent of available minutes in the Finals. Plus, the Death lineup didn’t play the Cavs enough during the regular season to crack the top five (and it was outscored by 12 per 100 possessions in 53 minutes anyway).All of which is to say that while the Warriors have reconstituted their roster since blowing a 3-1 lead to the Cavs in the Finals, it’s likely both teams will shuffle things again between now and June.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more