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 METAIRIE, La. Wholesale Authentic Jordans . -- As long as Jrue Holiday is on the court in the critical final minutes, hes not terribly concerned with whether he starts, or how much playing time he gets, in his first games back with the New Orleans Pelicans.I dont think our record shows how good we are, said Holiday, who was back at practice Thursday with a team that has started 2-10 without him. Obviously, there are some games where we were there at the end of the game and we had it won, but (there are) some things that we have to clean up at the end of the game to seal the deal.Down the stretch, I do think I could help with some directing and just tightening it up, Holiday added.The guard has spent the past three months on leave because his wife, retired international soccer star Lauren Holiday, needed brain surgery to remove a benign tumor last month, just weeks after giving birth to their first child, a daughter.Holiday, who is slated to make his season debut against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night, said he came back now because my wife said I could.Lauren Holiday is doing well enough now to take care of herself and my daughter, Jrue Holiday said. She can take care of me, too. Obviously thats big, especially from somebody whos a mother now and somebody that went through what she went through.Jrue Holiday said learning that his wife had a brain tumor when she was about five months pregnant with their first child was nerve-wracking, and affected his perspective on life considerably, making him grateful for each day.He said he also feels blessed for how his family has come through it, and for how much support both he and his wife received from basketball and soccer fans worldwide.Every day people are always saying theyre praying for her, Holiday said. So many people since Ive been back, they dont even ask how Im doing; they ask how my wifes doing. And to me, thats awesome. That just shows how great people are around us.Now, he can get back to the thrill of playing basketball, at a time when the Pelicans could really use some help.Obviously he was an integral part of what we try to do offensively and defensively, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. For him, its just really good to be back. This is one of those times where it wasnt a physical injury, so hes been dying to get out there to play. Its going to be fine. Obviously its going to take a little while for him to get his timing back from a basketball standpoint. I think hes in really good shape conditioning-wise.A former Eastern Conference All-Star with Philadelphia, Holiday was traded to New Orleans in 2013, but missed most of his first two seasons because of a lower leg injury. Holiday began last season on minute restrictions, got progressively healthier, and wound up playing in 65 games with 23 starts before missing the last nine games because of a broken eye wall from an inadvertent elbow to the head.Holiday averaged 16.8 points, 6.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 28.2 minutes per game last season, scoring 20 or more points 25 times.Tim Frazier has started New Orleans first 12 games this season at point guard, averaging 10.8 points and 7.5 assists. Gentry said he can envision Holiday and Frazier playing together in stints.Jrue can play off the ball or on the ball, Gentry said. Thats what makes him so good. I think hes a versatile player. We need his shooting also.Pelicans forward Anthony Davis said that while he didnt get to work with Holiday much at Thursdays practice, he assumed the teams top guard will be effective right away.When youre that good, it kind of stays with you, Davis said.Game notes Davis, who sat out Wednesday nights loss at Orlando with a bruised right quadriceps, practiced on a limited basis Thursday and sounded optimistic about playing Friday. It felt better, so hopefully it stays this way, Davis said. Cheap Jordans Free Shipping . Louis Blues absence from top spot in the TSN. Discount Jordans From China .Y. -- Injured Buffalo Sabres forward Marcus Foligno did not practice with the team Monday and head coach Ron Rolston said its unlikely hell play in Wednesdays season opener in Detroit. http://www.jordansdiscount.com/ . After a first half in which he thought "the lid was on the basket," the Toronto Raptors coach watched his squad mount a second half surge to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-91. FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Geno Smith is still No. 2 for the New York Jets.After previously being vague about the situation a few days ago, coach Todd Bowles said Smith will play after starter Ryan Fitzpatrick in the preseason game against the Giants on Saturday night.You always prepare the same way, Smith said after practice Wednesday. Its really no different. Im just continuing to work hard.There had been some uncertainty about the pecking order of the backups after Bryce Petty had a good performance and Smith struggled against Washington. On Sunday, Bowles wouldnt say for sure what the rotation of the quarterbacks would be this week.He did say then that he was clear about the four quarterbacks on the roster, adding, Until we make a change, there wont be (a change). Thats any position. When we make a decision at the end of camp, if it changes, it changes. And if it doesnt, it doesnt.Smith was asked Wednesday if Bowles had clarified his position on the depth chart.I dont see anything different, Smith said. I think hes already answered that question.Bowles acknowledged that Fitzpatrick and the starters are expected to play at least through the first half of the Jets third preseason game. Smith will then come in, followed by Petty at some point.Its unclear if rookie Christian Hackenberg will see any action this week. The second-round draft pick has not played in New Yorks first two games.Obviously, I want Fitz to play quite a bit and depending on how the offense goes, its hard to get three quarterbacks in the second half, Bowles said. Ill try to if everything goes right. In a perfect world, you want it. We really do want to try to get all of them in the game.Smith, of course, has plenty of experience after serving as the starter his first two NFL seasons. He lost his job last summer when he was punched by a then-teammate and had his jaw broken. Fitzpatrick seized the starting gig and then went on to one of the best seasons in team history with a franchise-record 31 touchdown passes.For a few months, it appeared Smith could have a shot at getting his job back as Fitzpatrick and the Jets engaged in a long contract stalemate. But Fitzpatrick re-signed just as training camp started, relegating Smith back to the sideline.Through two preseason games, Smith is 14 of 27 for 126 yards with a touchdown and an intterception. Discount Jordan Shoes Wholesale. Playing mostly against third-stringers, Petty is 23 of 40 for 335 yards with two TDs.While Bowles doesnt necessarily look at the third preseason game -- when most starters play into the third quarter and sit out the fourth game -- as a dress rehearsal for the regular season, Smith tries to treat every game as if its the most important one hell play in.Youve got to look at it all the same because you dont want to have a mental letdown, he said. Its all the same for me. Every single rep counts. Every single minute you get in practice or in the game counts. Youve always got to have that same mentality so that things dont change, no matter what the situation is.While the pecking order remains status quo at the moment, there remains some intrigue over whether the Jets will keep all four quarterbacks on their 53-man roster.Petty, a fourth-rounder out of Baylor last year, appeared to be the likely odd man out when camp started. But, he has shown enough progress to warrant serious consideration to remain on the roster.You can tell hes growing overall, quarterbacks coach Kevin Patullo said. His whole picture is getting cleaner. You could tell in the spring it was getting cleaner, and then as time goes on, you could just feel it. Hes understanding more, his questions are better, what he sees in the film room is better.And you could tell its just translating to the field a little bit cleaner.Game notes RB Matt Forte expects to play against the Giants after being sidelined most of camp with a hamstring injury. He hasnt played yet in the preseason, but said his leg is feeling healthy. Bowles said Forte should play if he doesnt have any setbacks. Bowles said hell see how he warms up. Im trying to get him playing because I want him to get hit before the first game (of the regular season), the coach said, and have that not be his first time. ... DE Muhammad Wilkerson (leg) could also play for the first time this preseason. ... TE Jace Amaro (groin), WR Quincy Enunwa (concussion), OLB Jordan Jenkins (calf) and WR Kenbrell Thompkins (groin) were among those who sat out practice.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/AP-NFL Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Nike Basketball Jerseys Hockey Jerseys China Supply Baseball Jerseys Football Jerseys Sale Authentic College Jerseys MLB Jerseys China Stitched Soccer Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap Nike Jerseys ' ' ' 

 
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