January 19, 2013 |
It was the start of the fourth quarter and Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe was on the bench for a much-needed rest in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies last week. Chris Paul was unavailable, sitting out with a bruised right kneecap, so Coach Vinny Del Negro seemed to have a quandary on his hands. Who would be the backup point guard? Jamal Crawford is the backup shooting guard, but had been pressed into service to back up Bledsoe. But during the Memphis game, Matt Barnes and Grant Hill, both small forwards, and Crawford initiated the offense.
April 21, 2013 |
You'll have to forgive the nicest guy in the NBA if he ignores your complimentary tweets for several weeks. Jamal Crawford is not being rude. He is, to put it in his words, "#onamission. " The Clippers guard has vowed to stay off Twitter during the playoffs, apologizing to his roughly 279,600 followers with a 140-character missive on the eve of his team's series opener against the Memphis Grizzlies. "Anything worth having is worth working hard for, thank you guys for all the support," Crawford tweeted Friday.
December 14, 2013 |
Clippers guard Jamal Crawford will start at shooting guard against the Washington Wizards on Saturday night over the struggling Willie Green. Crawford, the Clippers' sixth man, is third on the team in scoring at 16 points a game. Green had been inserted into the starting lineup after J.J. Redick went down with a broken right hand and torn ligaments on the right side of his wrist. Green, who has started seven games in place of Redick, was averaging 5.1 points, but he was shooting only 31.9% from the field and 26.7% (eight of 30)
January 3, 2013 |
Jamal Crawford's play this season has impressed many players around the league. Among them, Kobe Bryant. "He gets my nomination for sixth man of the year," Bryant said of Crawford after Thursday's Lakers practice. It's quite an endorsement, though Crawford's numbers speak pretty well for themselves. Crawford, who comes off the bench for the Clippers, is averaging 16.5 points in 29.1 minutes a game. He was instrumental in the Clippers' franchise-best 17-game winning streak and has helped the team to an impressive 25-8 record.
February 7, 2014 |
If Jamal Crawford has to start again at shooting guard in place of the injured J.J. Redick (sore right hip), the Clippers can feel confident that they are in good hands. Redick missed Wednesday night's game against the Miami Heat and he's listed as day-to-day. The Clippers play the Toronto Raptors on Friday night at Staples Center. Crawford started against the Heat and had 31 points on nine-for-21 shooting, including five-for-11 on three-pointers. Because of the team's lack of depth in the backcourt, Crawford was forced to play 46 minutes 38 seconds against the Heat.
April 23, 2013 |
Before the Clippers played the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, Jamal Crawford found out some disappointing news: He didn't win Sixth Man of the Year. In Game 2 later that evening, he played as though he had a grudge. He had 13 points on a flawless six-for-six shooting midway through the second quarter, helping give the Clippers reserves a 19-2 first half advantage over the Grizzlies' bench. He finished with 15 points, two rebounds and three steals. After the Clippers' 93-91 win, Crawford claimed that his dominant performance had nothing to do with having a sour taste in his mouth from the morning's news.
January 24, 2013 |
Leaving them all crossed up Clippers guard Jamal Crawford uses several crossover moves with his dribble to free himself from defenders, relying on his quickness, deception and crafty ball handling. The plays are designed to create enough space for Crawford to take a jumper or drive to the basket or collapse the defense so that he can pass to an open teammate. Crawford can use a variety of moves to find an opening in the defense. Here is a sampling of his favorite crossovers: Standard crossover - While dribbling the ball, Crawford fakes one way and quickly changes directions while switching the ball to the opposite hand.
December 18, 2013 |
It is not only the picking-and-rolling and alley-and-ooping that have made the Clippers the NBA's best imitation of the Flying Wallendas. It is also Mr. Poetry in Motion, Jamal Crawford. He is usually their sixth man, but he has played his way lots closer to the top than that in fan appeal. "I feel like I've really found a home here," Crawford says, and lights up with stories about running into fans at Subway and Starbucks and hanging out for a while for a chat.
April 22, 2013 |
J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks will be honored as the NBA's sixth man of the year instead of the Clippers' Jamal Crawford, according to a number of reports citing league sources. Early in the season, it was apparent that the Clippers' high-scoring acquisition was the front-runner for the award as he helped the team vault to the top of the NBA standings and eventually finish with a 56-26 record and their first Pacific Division title. Crawford, a 13-year veteran known for his variety of crossover moves and instant offense, finished the regular season averaging 16.5 points, 2.5 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 29 minutes a game.
October 11, 2012 |
BEIJING -- Two games into his tenure with the Clippers, Jamal Crawford is starting to show why he might be the most important addition this summer for a team that is striving to succeed with its dynamic duo of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Being the only nonstarter to play more than 30 minutes in the Clippers' 94-80 loss to the defending champion Miami Heat in China on Thursday, Crawford finished with 16 points, making him the team's second-leading scorer behind Griffin's 19. That came after a 19-point effort in his debut with the Clippers on Saturday against the Denver Nuggets.