Clippers’ Jamal Crawford notes, ‘It’s just the start of the series’

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


Yes, the Clippers put it to the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series, the Clippers routing them 115-95 on Sunday night at Staples Center.

But Clippers sixth-man Jamal Crawford understands it’s a long series and the Trail Blazers are not a team to be overlooked.

“It’s just the start of the series,” said Crawford, who scored 13 points off the bench on 6 of 12 shooting. “They will make adjustments and do something different. They are a team that when their guards get going, we have our hands full. They are a really good team and they play really hard.

“They have a lot of pieces, so they can go big or small; they brought in Chris Kaman late in the game. They are also well-coached, so it will be a good series.”

Portland guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum scored 21 and nine points, respectively. Lillard shot just 7 of 17, McCollum just 3 of 11.

Game 2 is Wednesday night at 7:30 at Staples Center.