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McCollum said
08-14-2018, 10:03 AM
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>RICHMOND 鈥?It took until Day 10 Uchenna Nwosu Jersey , but the heat is finally making it start to feel like training camp. Monday was the hottest day to date, with temperatures in the upper 80s and the humidity cranked up as well.A number of players did not participate, in practice for a variety of reasons. Wide receivers Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson were given rest days, along with safety D.J. Swearinger, said coach Jay Gruden. Running back Kapri Bibbs was out with a knee contusion, while wide receiver Brian Quick sat out with a thigh contusion. Linebacker Zach Brown is dealing with a mild stomach strain and cornerback Josh Harvey Clemons was out with a hamstring injury.Related StoriesRedskins training camp live blogAll the players are considered day-to-day.With Thursday鈥檚 preseason opener against the Patriots fast approaching, a clearer picture is emerging of who will and won鈥檛 play. Chris Thompson is definitely out and Trent Williams is most likely out on Thursday, Gruden said.聽Williams is fine and coming along, the coach added, but doesn’t need to get out there until the third preseason game, most likely.“Don’t get me wrong 鈥?every football player needs to practice,” Gruden said. “But Sean Lee Jersey Elite , if there was one player that probably didn’t need to practice, it’d be Trent. He’s just a great talent, a physical freak. But he’ll get some work; he’ll get some reps, hopefully in the third preseason game, maybe get a series or two.”Don’t expect to see much, if any, of Alex Smith, either. With left tackle Williams out and tackle Morgan Moses most likely to sit, there’s not much sense in putting Smith out there for a series. With the second preseason game coming after three days of joint practices with the Jets, there might not be much action for the starters that night either.“I think the live session we had the other day was good,” Gruden said. 鈥淲e got some live work and then obviously playing against the Jets will give us another opportunity to do some work. After Thursday’s game, whether some guys get work or not Zack Martin Jersey Elite , we’re gonna have plenty of time to get more work against the Jets and then three more preseason games.聽Most important for me, I think, we have some position battles that are worth letting these guys getting as many reps as possible in gamelike situations and see how they do.”Quote of the dayJay Gruden was asked about his son Jack, who is working on the video staff this summer.“He’s done a great job,鈥?the coach said. 鈥淚 don’t see a whole lot of him, except when he wants money.” Like WTOP on Facebook and follow WTOP on to engage in conversation about this article and others.漏 2018 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area. Stephen Curry and Golden State turned all those Houston bricks into a road back to the NBA Finals.

Needing not only all their firepower but also 27 straight misses by the Rockets during an epic cold streak from 3-point range, the Warriors rallied to keep alive their hopes for a repeat.

Kevin Durant scored 34 points, Curry sparked another third-quarter turnaround, and the Warriors earned a fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals by beating the Rockets 101-92 in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night.

The defending champions trailed by as many as 15 in the first half after falling behind 17 in Game 6.

”We know we can make an 11-point lead evaporate with two minutes of good basketball,” Klay Thompson said.

Curry, who finished with 27 points, scored 14 of Golden State’s 33 points in the third quarter as Houston’s shooting didn’t just go cold Joe Thomas Jersey Youth , it froze. The Rockets missed all 14 3-point attempts in that quarter as part of a 1-for-21 second half from long range.

Curry said someone asked him after the victory if it’s still special to get to the finals when it’s the fourth time in a row.

”Yes,” he said, ”because it’s really hard.”

The Warriors will host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 on Thursday night in the fourth straight matchup between the teams.

James Harden had 32 points as the top-seeded Rockets’ bid to return to the finals for the first time since 1995 fell short without Chris Paul, who was nursing a hamstring injury.

”We just didn’t have that extra juice that we needed,” Harden said.

The Rockets fell apart in the second half again after doing so in Game 6. The Warriors outscored Houston 122-63 in the second half of the final two games.

”It’s amazing how long the NBA game is,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. ”Forty-eight minutes, it lasts a long time and there’s so many opportunities to get yourself going as a team. And with our team, there’s just so much firepower that at some point, we’re going to get going.”

The Rockets finished 7 of 44 on 3-pointers, with Trevor Ariza missing all nine of his attempts, Eric Gordon going 2 for 12 and Harden making just 2 of 13.

Houston was behind by 13 after a 3 by Curry and had missed 27 straight 3-pointers when P.J. Tucker hit one from the corner to cut the lead to 89-79 midway through the quarter.

It was their first 3-pointer since one by Gordon with about 6 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter that put the Rockets up 42-28 during a woeful Warriors start.

”We were lucky to escape out of here,” Kerr said.

Tucker’s 3 was the first of seven straight points for Houston which cut the lead to 89-83.

But Durant scored six points in a 9-2 spurt after that which left the Warriors 97-85 with about three minutes to go.

Houston finally found a little offense after that Adidas Ryan McDonagh Jersey , using a 7-2 run to cut it to 99-92, but their rally bid came up short.

Thompson added 19 for Golden State after scoring 35 in the Game 6 win and the Warriors got a fourth straight start from Kevon Looney with Andre Iguodala sitting out again with a bone bruise on his left leg.

After being down by 10 at halftime of Game 6, the Warriors trailed by 11 entering the third quarter on Monday night. Golden State opened the third quarter with a 10-4 run to cut the lead to 58-53 after a 3-pointer by Nick Young with about eight minutes left in the quarter.

Tucker made one of two free throws and the teams exchanged layups before Golden State scored nine straight points, with two 3s from Curry, to take a 64-61 lead.

Harden made two free throws before Curry scored eight points in a row, highlighted by a 3-pointer which bounced high off the rim before falling back in, to make it 72-63 with just over two minutes left in the quarter.

Golden State scored 33 points in the third quarter for the second straight game while Houston managed just 15 points on Monday night after it scored 16 in the third in Game 6.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Curry went to the locker room with trainers between the first and second quarters, but returned to the bench with about 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter and soon returned to the game. … Thompson picked up his third foul with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter and sat out most of the period. … Draymond Green had 10 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.

Rockets: Houston fell to 6-5 all-time in Game 7s and 4-2 at home. … Capela finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds. … Tucker had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

PUSHING EACH OTHER

Green and Durant were barking at each other several times during the game when things weren’t going well for the Warriors.

”I was cussing him out,” Green said. ”He was cussing me out when I was wrong. I was cussing at him out when he was wrong. But that’s what we do. I am the guy who calls him out and he is the guy who calls me out. It’s great. You have to have that on your team. To know that you’ve got guys in your corner means a lot.”

UP NEXT

The Warriors host Game 1 of the finals on Thursday and Game 2 on Sunday.

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