Jamal Crawford got a new pair of shoes Saturday.
He got a new orthopedic insert for his new sneakers, too.
Crawford’s participation for the Clippers’ game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center was a game-time decision. That decision was, no. He didn’t play for the second consecutive game after a pair of worn-out sneakers led to a sore left foot.
If the Clippers didn’t have the next three days off to rest and prepare for Wednesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks, if they weren’t 26-8 and second behind the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA’s overall standings, then maybe Crawford would have played Saturday.
But since they do have some extra time after playing four games in five nights and because they’re near the top of the league’s standing, there was no reason to press their second-leading scorer into service. Getting his foot healthy was the top priority.
Crawford was injured while making a move during the first half of the Clippers’ loss Tuesday to the Denver Nuggets. He played the next night against the Warriors only because teammate Caron Butler missed the game for personal reasons.
An old pair of shoes, with the padding and support past its expiration date, was to blame, according to Crawford. Normally, he wears one pair throughout the season for home games, another for road games and third pair for practices. This season, he stuck with one pair.
And it cost him.
When a group of reporters approached him to ask before Saturday’s game if he had taken a new pair out of one of the boxes and boxes a shoe company supplied to him, Crawford said, “Yes, I do,” and held up a shiny new pair.
“I have a little plate in there, too, to keep it stable,” said Crawford, a backup shooting guard who is the Clippers’ third-leading scorer with an average of 16.7 points behind superstars Blake Griffin (17.6 points) and Chris Paul (16.7 points).