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.
Clippers shooting guard Jamal Crawford sat out Friday’s showdown with the Lakers because of a sore left foot, an injury he said was brought on by a pair of comfortable but worn-out sneakers. He hurt himself during the Clippers’ loss Tuesday against the Denver Nuggets.
Crawford, a backup who averages 16.5 points, played in Wednesday’s loss to the Golden State Warriors, but only because starting small forward Caron Butler missed the game because of personal reasons. He acknowledged the possibility of hurting it further by playing against the Warriors.
Not long after he agreed to a contract with the Clippers during the offseason, backup power forward Ronny Turiaf got a phone call from coach Vinny Del Negro. Then another. Then another. Then another. It was something new and different for Turiaf.
If you still think the Clippers’ winning streak isn’t a big deal — and who would really still be thinking that as they go for their 18th in a row Tuesday night in Denver? — then consider that there have been entire seasons when they didn’t win that many games.
Seven of them, in fact.
It’s hard to imagine now, with the Clippers riding the wave of a 17-game winning streak after a 107-96 victory Sunday over the Utah Jazz at Staples Center, but coach Vinny Del Negro was sitting on a rather hot seat going into 2012-13.
Because the Clippers assembled the most talented roster in their history during the offseason and because expectations were higher than ever before after a second-round playoff appearance last spring, Del Negro’s future beyond this season was in doubt.
If you missed any or all of the chatter last night on TNT, here are a couple of thoughtful comments about the Clippers before, during and after their rout of the Boston Celtics. The victory was the league-leading Clippers’ 15 consecutive.
Charles Barkley on how to beat the Clippers: “I don’t like their half-court offense. As long as they are running and dunking, they will be tough to beat. But if you slow them down and make them walk the ball up and down the court, I think that’s going to be their bug-a-boo.”