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How did the Spurs close against Houston in each game and how did Houston do so?

Game 1: The Rockets second unit failed to score or defend at junctures in each half where the Spurs halved each Rockets double digit lead. The Spurs then went to Aldridge and Leonard coming out of a timeout and the Rockets first team offense and defense were sluggish after

Game 2: Houston played from behind starting early in the first quarter. They only scored 40 points in the first half and were down 14 in the fourth quarter. The Rockets were able to draw the deficit down to 4 (and a final margin of 6) only after Eric Gordon started draining threes.

Authentic Mens Mitch Moreland Jersey Game 3: Turnovers. Harden had at least three turnovers in the final two minutes of the game and the Spurs turned several Rockets miscues into drilled three pointers to erase a ten point deficit in the closing minutes. San Antonio went on an 11 – 0 run to erase a lead with about two minutes to go.
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Game 4: Leonard was sublime. In the fourth quarter he hit everything he took and absolutely dominated this game. Current day Malik Rose could have been the four other players on the Spurs for five minutes of this quarter and it wouldn’t of mattered. That’s how good Leonard was. But Harden can be this good as well.

How did Ariza guard Kawhi? As the series went on they got smarter about screening Ariza while Leonard moved to the basket both with and without the ball. Look for lots of screens when Leonard moves across the lane using his long arms to create shots and lots of screens on Ariza when Gasol or Aldridge are holding the ball above the free throw line. The Spurs have a compliment of lays to free Leonard for an easy dunk or layup.

2017 NFL draft shows skipping bowls doesn’t matter, but getting injured in one does

The 2017 NFL Draft continued from Philadelphia on Saturday, and overall, we’re learning a little about how the NFL teams drafting college players view bowl games.

It would appear as though skipping bowl games really doesn’t matter much to NFL executives and GMs. After getting criticized by some for not playing in their bowl games, injured running backs Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey both were selected in the top 10 of the first round. Fournette skipped LSU’s Citrus Bowl win against Louisville, and McCaffrey opted to sit out of Stanford’s Sun Bowl win.

Even the great Adrian Peterson showed signs of rust in his MVP and Comeback Player of the Year-winning 2012 season, totaling 100-plus rushing yards just once in the first six weeks of the season before going on a tear throughout the rest of the year. At that time, Peterson — coming off a torn ACL from the previous season — was just 27 years old. Lynch, at age 31, will certainly need to work out some kinks as he re-acclimates to the NFL.

The last time Lynch played was in 2015, when was limited to just seven regular season games due to a pulled hamstring and then a sports hernia.

In his final season in Seattle, he rushed for a career-low 417 yards and three touchdowns on 111 carries. Lynch’s 3.8 yards per carry was the worst it’s been since 2010, sparking questions of whether the back will be able to regain pre-injury form and whether his trademark aggressive style has taken a toll.
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The added bonus of who helped furnish the house made it even more special.

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For over a decade, former Atlanta Falcons RB Warrick Dunn has made it a mission to help needy families get homes through Habitat for Humanity. Dunn’s foundation would furnish the home for the Watsons and give the family all the possessions it needed:
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The family hadn’t planned to stay that first night in their new home, but now there was food and furniture and a life they were eager to start. They spent most of that night just wandering from room to room, doubling back for a second and third look at each gift they’d been given. And when the excitement finally dissipated, Watson fell asleep in the middle room along the front of the house on a bed purchased by an NFL star.

That brought an 11-year-old and a Pro Bowler together in an encounter that would change the course of the future national champion’s life.
Watson said the home gave him a chance to get out of difficult surroundings and start moving toward the goal of being in the NFL.

He achieved many goals at Clemson, but an annual team philanthropy project returned him to his Habitat for Humanity roots. The Tigers have been volunteering as a team to build houses with the organization since 2012. The project obviously had special meaning for Watson.

Kutztown lacked the resources major programs have, so he enrolled in nutrition classes. He also talked to his teammates to find trainers who could help him eclipse 300 pounds while gaining good weight.

The next year, Morgan was up to 309 pounds and ready to solidify himself as the Golden Bears’ starting left tackle. But this time, he had to prove himself to a new head coach. The program hired Drew Folmar after Monica left to become Arkansas Tech University’s next head coach.