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  • 30 Jul
    导出博客文章RENTON, Wash. -- Jimmy Graham jogged out wearing his white Seattle practice
    uniform as usual on Wednesday.Except this time, Graham was wearing his helmet,
    too.When you are away from it for as long as Ive been, its very sweet when you
    get the opportunity to do it again, Graham said.Graham was activated off the
    physically unable to perform list by the Seahawks, another step in his recovery
    from his major knee injury last season. Coach Pete Carroll kept saying Graham
    was inching closer to a return, and one day after running back Thomas Rawls got
    back on the field, Graham joined in.Graham went through a light practice, doing
    some positional drills but not taking part in any full team work. It was his
    first time on the field with his teammates since Week 12 of last season when he
    tore the patellar tendon in his right knee in a game against Pittsburgh.Graham
    had surgery almost immediately after the injury and his right knee was
    completely immobilized for 11 to 12 weeks. The recovery from a patellar tendon
    tear can sometimes take up to a year but Graham was back on the field in less
    than nine months.There were some dark days. Its been eight months and its been a
    constant eight months, Graham said. Ive never been through something where every
    day you had to do something for it. Every day you wake up and until you go to
    bed youre doing some type of rehab. Its been like that for me for eight months
    and it will continue to be like that for me for the next eight months. Its
    something Im always going to have to pay attention to.Grahams injury happened as
    he attempted to pull in a pass in the end zone during Seattles victory over the
    Steelers. Seattle had struggled to find the best ways to utilize Graham even
    before the injury. Some games he was dominant over the middle. Some games he
    mostly disappeared.Graham already had four catches in the game against the
    Steelers before going down. He finished the season with 48 receptions and two
    touchdowns.The pain was pretty terrible. Thats for sure, Graham said. And when
    you look down at your knee and dont see your kneecap you know something is
    wrong.Now, the lingering question is whether he still has the speed and agility
    that made him such a difficult matchup prior to the injury. A number of players
    have been unable to return to form after a patellar tendon tear. New York Giants
    wide receiver Victor Cruz, who had the same injury, told Graham not to rush his
    return.I dont think about how other guys have been or what its done to other
    guys, Graham said. I think Im a little different. Im still fast, which is real
    good.Graham now wants to start rebuilding his link with quarterback Russell
    Wilson. Its unlikely that Graham will play in the preseason and he jokingly said
    hes not allowed to say whether hell be ready for the season opener against Miami
    on Sept. 11.Its time for me to start that connection with Russ. I think we both
    felt it, Graham said. Ive been out here busting my butt every morning and every
    afternoon, so its time.Game notes Second-round pick DT Jarran Reed left the
    field Wednesday after appearing to have his left ankle stepped on during a
    drill. Reed limped off to the sideline under his own power but was taken to the
    locker room by cart. There was no update on his status. ... WR Doug Baldwin
    returned to limited work after missing the past week when his Achilles tendon
    was stepped on.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL
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    February 22nd. LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers began the game without four
    injured regulars, and lost a fifth in the second half. The Utah Jazz were merely
    without their coach and second-leading scorer.In a game defined by who was
    missing, Gordon Hayward and the Jazz continued to assert themselves in the
    Western Conference.Hayward scored 23 points and Utah overcame the absence of ill
    coach Quin Snyder for its sixth victory in seven games, 107-101 over the
    depleted Lakers on Monday night.Rodney Hood scored 16 points and hit two
    difficult shots in the waning minutes to keep the Jazz on track to win their
    only road game in a nine-game stretch. They made up for the absence of George
    Hill with scoring balance: seven players managed at least nine points.Veteran
    assistant Igor Kokoskov ran the Jazz for Snyder, who fell ill earlier in the day
    and decided he couldnt coach shortly before game time. Utahs bus also got stuck
    in traffic and arrived late at Staples Center.Its difficult, but to be a pro,
    you have to be there and be prepared for your team, Kokoskov said of his
    last-minute NBA head coaching debut. The team needs you, and you have to step
    up. Thats what we ask from our guys, and thats what you do as a coach.Players on
    both benches stepped into important roles.Lou Williams had 38 points, six
    rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers, who rallied in the fourth quarter and
    nearly stole a victory despite finishing their eighth loss in 11 games without a
    large chunk of their roster.Tarik Black sprained his right ankle in the third
    quarter and joined DAngelo Russell, Nick Young, Jose Calderon and Larry Nance
    Jr. on the sidelines as Los Angeles lost its third straight while playing its
    ninth game in 14 days. Injuries and a brutal schedule have conspired to slow
    down the Lakers encouraging start under first-year coach Luke Walton, but
    Williams led another thrilling rally.Its been tough, because were kind of
    short-handed right now, said Jordan Clarkson, who scored 17 points. It just
    shows we aint backing down from anybody, and we aint letting up. This time will
    pass and well get back to winning games.Wiilliams scored nine points early in
    the fourth quarter, and Julius Randles layup trimmed Utahs lead to
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    to ice it.Quin is our leader, so it definitely was a different situation for us,
    Hayward said after his eighth consecutive 20-point game. I thought Coach Igor
    and the rest of the staff did a great job.LOUUUUUTwo nights after scoring 40
    points in Memphis, Williams put together the first back-to-back 30-point games
    of his 12-year NBA career. He also became the first Lakers player to score at
    least 38 points in successive games since Kobe Bryant in March 2013.When we need
    him, he has stepped up on the court, Walton said. That gives other people a lot
    of confidence.KOKOSKOVS TURNKokoskov got his first game in charge of an NBA team
    after a long career as an assistant with six franchises and as a head coach in
    Europe. The 44-year-old Serbian first arrived stateside in 1999 as an assistant
    to Snyder at Missouri.RON-RON RETURNSWith his top two point guards out, Walton
    came up with an unorthodox starting lineup due to injuries. Seldom-used veteran
    Metta World Peace joined a group with no players under 6-foot-7 as a counter to
    the Jazzs big lineup. World Peace became the 11th player to start a game for the
    Lakers this season. The 37-year-old veteran hadnt started since March 18, and he
    had appeared in just four of the Lakers previous 14 games.TIP-INSJazz: Kokoskov
    is the head coach of Slovenias national team in his spare time. He also spent
    seven years as Georgias head coach. ... Hill missed his third straight game with
    a sprained left big toe.Lakers: Calderon will be out at least two more weeks
    with a strained right hamstring. ... Russell will be re-evaluated Tuesday to
    determine how much longer he will be sidelined by a sore knee. He had a
    platelet-rich plasma injection in the joint two weeks ago.UP NEXTJazz: Host the
    Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.Lakers: At the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. ' ' '