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Clippers' Jamal Crawford remains active during time away

Crawford missed one of the Clippers' games because of the birth of his daughter but made sure to get in workouts. Crawford averaged 23.5 points in the last two games since returning.

March 01, 2013|By Broderick Turner
  • After missing a game because of the birth of his daughter, Jamal Crawford has averaged 23.5 points per game over the last two games.
After missing a game because of the birth of his daughter, Jamal Crawford… (Tony Dejak / Associated…)

CLEVELAND — When Jamal Crawford wasn't at the hospital this week for the birth of his daughter on Monday, he made sure to get a workout in just to keep his rhythm.

Crawford missed one of the Clippers' games when London was born, but he hasn't missed a beat since coming back to play.

In the last two games, Crawford has averaged 23.5 points on 51% shooting, 57.1% (four for seven) on three-pointers.

"I think it's a credit to my teammates and my coaching staff obviously for putting me in a great position," Crawford said. "I try to take advantage of it."

Crawford got to Seattle on Sunday and went to the hospital with his wife later that night.

While the baby slept Monday after being born, Crawford said he went to a health club for a workout. He missed the game against Charlotte at Staples Center on Tuesday night, but got in another workout earlier in the day.

Then he flew to Indianapolis on Wednesday to meet the Clippers for Thursday night's game against the Pacers.

"I actually played two days to stay sharp and I actually made all the guys play with an NBA ball," Crawford said.

Crawford had a team-high 24 points on eight-for-14 shooting against the Cavaliers on Friday night.

He was three for five from three-point range, including a three-pointer he made while being fouled by Marreese Speights.

Crawford made the free throw to complete the four-point play.

"The hardest part about that is making the free throw," Crawford said. "There is so much pressure on the free throws."

Paul to have college jersey retired

Chris Paul left after the game Friday night and flew to North Carolina to have his No. 3 jersey retired at Wake Forest.

The ceremony will take place Saturday when Wake Forest plays Maryland.

Paul will then take a private jet back to Los Angeles on Saturday night and get ready to play Oklahoma City at Staples Center on Sunday afternoon.

"It's a blessing," Paul said. "This is a really big honor for me and my family."

Playing time hard to come by

The problem with having such a deep team is trying to find playing time for all the players.

The Clippers are 11-deep, but that doesn't mean Coach Vinny Del Negro can play them all.

It has meant that Del Negro has to juggle the minutes among Ronny Turiaf, Ryan Hollins and Grant Hill.

Del Negro said it's often based on matchups, health and the game plan.

"We'll try to get a consistent rotation," Del Negro said. "It might change from time to time with the last few guys there. But I've been pleased with all of their efforts."

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