Jamal Crawford just loves taking shots that others might not even attempt

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

One thing about sixth-man Jamal Crawford, not only does he have the ability to get scalding hot and carry a team with a grip of points in rapid fashion, some of the shots he takes and makes are extremely difficult. He sinks 28-foot 3-pointers with defenders in his face, he makes them falling down and out of bounds, and so on.

Crawford tries to explain.

“I have just always, ever since I was young, made those shots that (to) other people are difficult,” he said. “I’m not trying to brag about it, but they’re really not that difficult for me, honestly.

“Sometimes they go in and sometimes they don’t, but I’m really comfortable taking them.”

Crawford scored a game-high 24 points in Wednesday’s 110-105 loss at Houston.

The Clippers (37-21) on Friday night at 5 will play at Memphis (41-15). The Clippers are sixth in the Western Conference standings, the Grizzlies are second.

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 110-105 loss Wednesday at Houston

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DeAndre Jordan had another big game for the Clippers on Wednesday at Houston/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

- The Clippers received another fine overall effort from DeAndre Jordan, who came through with 22 points and a whopping 19 rebounds. Jordan is averaging 17.4 points and 18.0 rebounds in the past seven games, all missed by the injured Blake Griffin. Jordan’s season scoring average is up to 11.2 and his league-leading rebounding average is up to 14.0.

- OK, so the Clippers have now lost two in a row since winning four of their first five without Griffin. But there is no shame in losing to Memphis by three points and by just five on the road at Houston. The Grizzlies and Rockets are second and third in the Western Conference standings, respectively. The problem is, every one of these games is so vital at this point. The Clippers (37-21) are sixth in the West and would love to be in the top four entering the playoffs for homecourt advantage in the first round. As tough as the West is, playing a Game 7 at home could be the difference between advancing and going home.

- Jamal Crawford has been on a roll. He scored 24 points in this one on 10 of 17 shooting and is averaging 21.3 points over his past eight games. His season scoring average is up to 16.5, the same average he held in 2012-13 in his first season with the Clippers. Crawford averaged 18.6 points in ’13-’14. Crawford made three 3-pointers Wednesday and now has 1,808 for his career. He is eighth all-time and is now only 22 behind Chauncey Billups (1,830).

- It’s tough to win close games against good teams – especially on the road – when you have 15 turnovers and 18 assists. By contrast, Houston had 27 assists and just nine turnovers.

- The Rockets also blocked nine shots – five by Terrence Jones. The Clippers – even with the shot-blocking machine Jordan – had only four blocks. Jordan had two of them.

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Clippers stand pat as NBA trading deadline comes and goes without move

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Jamal Crawford survived Thursday’s trading deadline/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The NBA trading deadline came and went Thursday and the Clippers did not make a move. For fans of sixth-man Jamal Crawford, that is good news as, for some reason, he was rumored to be on the trading block..

Other Western Conference teams did, however, make moves. For example, guard Arron Afflalo went from Denver to Portland and center Enes Kanter went from Utah to Oklahoma City in a three-team deal that also sent Thunder backup point guard Reggie Jackson to the Detroit Pistons and Thunder backup post Kendrick Perkins to Utah, as per YahooSports.

Also, Phoenix traded away guards Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas to Miami and Boston in separate deals.

The Clippers can still sign players who have been bought out by March 1 and they would be eligible for the post-season.

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Jamal Crawford says he can’t worry about trade rumors containing his name

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Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Sixth-man Jamal Crawford told reporters earlier this season that he’s gotten used to hearing his name mentioned in trade rumors, and he was hearing them again this week. Ever the professional, Crawford said he is not concerned.

“At the end of the day, I can’t worry about stuff I can’t control,” Crawford said Wednesday at practice. “I just have to do my job and be as professional as possible, whether something changes or nothing changes.”
Crawford previously said that while he would love to continue playing for the Clippers, he would have no problem playing elsewhere.

Again, he’s a pro.

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 110-95 victory over the Houston Rockets

DeAndre Jordan plays defense on Josh Smith of the Rockets/Photo by Jae C. Hong, Associated Press

- DeAndre Jordan had 20 rebounds, his sixth game of the season with at least 20 and third in the past week and a half. Yet, when New Orleans’ Anthony Davis on Wednesday declared himself out of the All-Star game, NBA commissioner Adam Silver selected Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki to replace Davis instead of Jordan. Coach Doc Rivers was upset about this after the game, and for good reason. It’s about time Silver realized how valuable Jordan is to his team as the beastly rebounder and defensive wizard he has become.

- It’s true that Houston was without post Dwight Howard (knee). But the Clippers were without Blake Griffin (elbow), and Griffin is probably more valuable to the Clippers than Howard is to the Rockets. That said, this was a very good victory for the Clippers, who never trailed by more than four points and led by as many as the final margin – 15 points.

- Jamal Crawford can be having an off-night shooting the ball and be Mr. Clutch on that same night, like he was in this one when he banked in a 30-foot 3-pointer to give the Clippers an 89-81 lead. The Rockets never got closer than five points after that. Crawford scored 20 points, but shot just 6 of 15 from the field, 1 of 4 from 3-point range.

- Griffin has missed the past three games with his elbow injury, and the Clippers have won two of them, including the past two. For a team coming off a tough 3-5 Grammy trip, taking two victories into the All-Star break figures to give it a lift.

- They say things can become contagious in a sporting event. Such as poor shooting. The teams combined to shoot 19.4 percent (13 of 67) from 3-point range. The Rockets were 9 of 45 (20 percent), the Clippers were 4 of 22 (18.2 percent). Just awful. But it feels worse for Houston because it lost.

 

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VIDEO: Check out this long 3-pointer by Jamal Crawford in win over Rockets

Jamal Crawford is not shy launching long shots on the basketball court. He banked in this 30-foot 3-pointer that gave the Clippers an 89-81 lead over the Houston Rockets early in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s 110-95 Clippers victory at Staples Center. Crawford scored 20 points on 6 of 15 shooting. But he was just 1 of 4 from 3-point range. Here is the one long shot he made:

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Jamal Crawford says everyone has to find what he can do better to help team

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Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The pressure is on the Clippers (34-19). They are currently sixth in the Western Conference standings and would love to move into the top four so they can play a first-round playoff series with homecourt advantage and so they can avoid playing either first-place Golden State or second-place Memphis in the first round, which would happen if they fall to seventh or eighth in the West.

With Blake Griffin (elbow) out at least a month, and with a brutal stretch of 14 games coming up against mostly playoff teams, none of this is going to be easy. The key, sixth-man Jamal Crawford suggested, us unity.

Soul-searching. You’ve got to look deep,” Crawford said after his team won Monday at Dallas to complete a 3-5 Grammy road trip. “You have to look in the mirror, take a step back and see what you can do better. Collectively, you have to have each others’ backs.”

 

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Jamal Crawford says DeAndre Jordan has respect of his peers and coaches

DeAndre Jordan/Photo by Associated Press

 

DeAndre Jordan had 22 points and a career-high 27 rebounds Monday in the Clippers’ 115-98 victory at Dallas. Another All-Star performance by a player not on the Western Conference All-Star team.
“He should be in the All-Star game (Feb. 15),” teammate Jamal Crawford said of Jordan. “He’s an All-Star who’s not playing in the All-Star game. As long as he has the respect of his peers and his coaches, that’s all that matters.”

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Clippers win by 17 points at Dallas in their second game sans Blake Griffin

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DeAndre Jordan had a whopping 27 rebounds in Monday’s victory at Dallas/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

It didn’t figure the Clippers could go into Dallas and beat the Mavericks by 17 points without Blake Griffin. But that’s what they did Monday, winning 115-98 at American Airlines Arena in Dallas.

Perhaps Dallas figured the same thing, that the Clippers – losers of four in a row going in – would be easy prey in their second game without Griffin, who had elbow surgery Monday and is out at least three weeks. Not the case as the Clippers broke that losing streak by having three players score more than 20 points. One of them was DeAndre Jordan, who scored 22 and also pulled down a whopping 27 rebounds while blocking three shots.

Chris Paul, who said after Sunday’s 23-point loss at Oklahoma City that everyone would have to step up in Griffin’s absence, scored 25 points to go along with 13 assists and six rebounds. Jamal Crawford scored 22 points off the bench. J.J. Redick returned after missing three games because of back spasms to score 15 points, Matt Barnes scored 12 and Hedo Turkoglu nine.

Charlie Villanueva led Dallas (35-19) with 26 points off the bench and Dirk Nowitzki scored 18.

This was the final game of the long Grammy road trip, during which the Clippers (34-19) went 3-5.

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VIDEO: Oh, my, check out this dazzling move and basket by Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford on Monday moved into eighth-place all alone in made 3-pointers by making two in the Clippers’ 102-100 loss at Brooklyn. Crawford now has 1,789 with No. 7 Chauncey Billups (1,830) next in line for him to pass. But Crawford does a lot more than make 3-pointers. He still has some of the most amazing offensive moves in the game at age 34. Just ask Brooklyn’s Bojan Bogdanovic, who was faked into Chick Hearn’s popcorn machine on this Crawford move and basket:

 

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