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IRVING, Texas - Rolando McClain dances around questions about how much he loves football and whether he enjoyed training camp. The new Dallas linebacker keeps getting asked because he walked away from the game twice in Baltimore after Oakland dumped its former top 10 pick just three seasons into his career. Ready or not, McClain is expected to start Sundays opener against San Francisco. The Cowboys apparently have seen enough to believe hes the replacement in the middle for Sean Lee, whose season-ending knee injury led them to give the Ravens a seventh-round pick just to see if they could rekindle McClains interest. The former Alabama star remains coy with reporters about his commitment. McClain said he "loved life" when asked if he still loved football during game in California, and said he had "no expectations" days before his first football game in almost two years. "If you live up or care about somebodys expectations, youll always let them down," McClain said earlier this week. "So you set your own expectations." Owner Jerry Jones let his expectations run wild almost as soon as McClain reported for camp, always bringing up his name without being asked and at one point saying the Cowboys have "a chance to pull one out of our hat" with the move to get him. McClain skipped practices sporadically through camp, with coach Jason Garrett mostly saying he was just getting back in football shape. During a steamy morning practice earlier this week, McClain appeared to injure something during an individual drill and spent the next few minutes fiddling with a knee wrap instead of participating in the work. "I dont know what youre talking about," McClain said later when asked about the knee. "Im ready. Im great." The Cowboys might need him to be great if they want to improve on the leagues most porous defence from a year ago. The defensive line is filled with questions, and the linebackers are unsettled too. Bruce Carter was supposed to start on the weak side in Rod Marinellis 4-3 scheme, but will be on the strong side instead. Justin Durant, the early pick as Lees replacement, will call the defensive signals and be on the weak side, a critical spot in run support. McClains ability in pass coverage was the biggest reason he landed in the middle. "I expect him to be really a heck of a linebacker for us," said Marinelli, who replaced Monte Kiffin as defensive co-ordinator a year after both joined the staff to implement a scheme change. "I think he has great range. Hes got length. Hes smart. Hes a really physical player. So we just have to get him going and see how it works out from there." And McClain still has his moments of passion, even with reporters. "I still love the game like Im an 8-, 9-year-old kid," he said. "Its just about getting back into it, building chemistry with some of these guys, some trust and just playing and having run really." 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So when Justin Williams, holder of two Cups himself, looked around the dressing room at his teammates after 40 minutes of Game 2 – his team trailing by two goals for the fourth time in three games – he saw not doubt or fear of the Rangers snatching momentum of the 2014 Final, but belief - cold, hard belief. “Were not a team that wilts under the pressure,” said Williams, owner of 23 points in the playoffs. “Were a team that goes out and wants to make a difference and gets it. I feel thats a big reason why weve made it so far.” Three grueling series this spring, all stretched to the max opposite the very best the West had to offer, each dotted with varying threats to a second Cup in three years. But at every point along the way these Kings have found a little something extra – another gear, another goal, another save – unwavering in their ability to overcome a challenge, however tall or insurmountable it may seem. “Every series, every game, every year you play in the league you go through experiences that ultimately will help you in certain situations and I feel together as a team weve been through almost all them you could imagine and weve pulled through,” said Williams, who boasts 949 career NHL games, including 112 in the postseason. “So when were down do we feel comfortable? No, we dont feel comfortable, but we feel like were able to come back. “Belief is a very underrated attribute and we have that going on within our team right now.” It was another 2-0 pit at Staples Center on Saturday evening – the third such hole in as many games – just another obstacle for the Western Conference champs. But in familiar fashion (they did it against the Sharks, Ducks and Hawks) the silver and black forced their way back into the fold, ultimately dashing the Rangers hopes yet again in (double) overtime. Remarkably, the Kings have yet to lead at any point in regulation in the Final and still boast a commanding 2-0 series lead. “We find ourselves in the same situation regurgitating the same mumbo jumbo everry time, but were in a results oriented league and the results are were up 2-0,” said Williams.dddddddddddd “I dont care how we got here.” Another Cup, thus, appears close at hand for the 32-year-old and an always plucky bunch from southern California. Forty-eight teams have taken a 2-0 series lead in the Final since 1939 with all but five going on to capture the games top prize, including L.A. in 2012. But for whatever history might say the Kings know full well that theres plenty of game left, their own checkered track record in these playoffs the best proof of that. It was L.A. on the mat and apparently down for the count in round one against the Sharks – they rallied with four straight wins – and then seemingly in control against the Ducks in round two – they were up 2-0 in the series before losing three straight – before another dose of Game 7 magic was required. “Obviously momentums a huge part of playoff hockey and once a team has it its important to try to switch the tide in your favour as quick as possible,” said Dwight King from the teams hotel, sitting directly across from Central Park, his controversial third period goal timely in the 5-4 victory. “Teams dont make it this far out of luck,” Williams added. “Do we feel weve broken them? No, absolutely not. We should know that more than anybody; that its tough to put a team down. 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