Guard Jamal Crawford says he wants to become a better all-around player

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Jamal Crawford is aiming to become a better defensive player/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Jamal Crawford is known as one of the best sixth-men in the NBA. He has twice won Sixth Man of the Year. But even at the age of 34, he’s trying to improve his game, so he is actively trying to get better defensively.

“I just want to be a better all-around player,” said Crawford, whose team tonight (Friday) at 5 plays at Houston (on Prime Ticket). “Early in my career, I had the mentality that I could outscore everybody. Now I just really take pride in defense. They tell us exactly where to be at so I know where to be at. If I’m not locked in, I get upset with myself. So I just want to be a better all-around player.”

The Clippers (9-5) take a 4-1 record on this road trip into the Houston game. The Rockets are 12-3.

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Jamal Crawford has 25 points to lead Clippers to 104-98 victory at Detroit

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Jamal Crawford scored 25 points Wednesday at Detroit/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Jamal Crawford scored 25 points and Chris Paul scored 23 and dished out seven assists to lead the Clippers to a 104-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday at Detroit.

The Clippers trailed 51-48 at halftime and 73-72 after three quarters.

Blake Griffin contributed 15 points and seven rebounds, but he shot just 6 of 17 from the field.

The victory gives the Clippers (9-5) a 4-1 record on the road trip with two to go.

D.J. Augustin led Detroit (3-12) with 19 points.

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Doc Rivers just loved the 3-point shooting by his team in victory at Charlotte

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Jamal Crawford made 5 of 8 from 3-point range Monday in Charlotte. As a team, the Clippers were 15 of 32 from there/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Sometimes coaches say the most obvious things. Such was the case Monday evening after the Clippers defeated the host Charlotte Hornets 113-92.

The Clippers shot 51.1 percent overall. More importantly, they made 15 of 32 from 3-point range. That is 46.9 percent from beyond the arc, which is fantastic.

Afterward, coach Doc Rivers was asked about his team’s long-distance sharpshooting.

“It was huge,” he said. “It’s like I said, they had couple of 3s that they missed; it’s a make/miss league. When your shooters make shots, you’re a better basketball team.”

Jamal Crawford was 5 of 8 from 3-point range, J.J. Redick was 4 of 9.

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 113-92 victory over Charlotte Hornets

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Blake Griffin had 22 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists in Monday’s victory at Charlotte/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

- It was good to see Blake Griffin come back with a terrific game after stinking up the joint a night earlier in Memphis when he scored just 12 points on 5 of 17 shooting and grabbed just four rebounds. Against Charlotte, he came back with 22 points, a season-high 16 rebounds and nine assists. He was nearly the ferocious player Clippers fans have come to know.

- Good shooting is contagious, and vice versa. The Clippers shot 51.1 percent (45 of 88) from the field overall, 46.9 percent (15 of 32) from 3-point range. To top it off, the Clippers were 8 of 10 from the free-throw line, an 80-percent clip.

- What do you know? The Clippers won the battle of the boards, too. They had 43 rebounds to just 33 for Charlotte. Even with that, the Clippers ranked 29th in the league in  rebounding at 37.4 per game. Only Miami (36.4) is worse.

- We don’t want to take anything away from this victory. But just to be real, the Hornets (4-11) have now lost six consecutive games, so a victory over them was expected as much as anything. The same can be said for Wednesday’s game at Detroit (3-10). Of the three games the Clippers have won on this trip – Orlando, Miami and Charlotte – chances are only Miami (8-6) will make the playoffs. The one loss so far on the seven-game trip was to Western Conference-leading Memphis (12-2).

- Jamal Crawford continues to be that ultimate weapon off the bench. The two-time Sixth Man of the Year scored 21 points. He made 8 of 13 from the field, 5 of 8 from 3-point range as he moved into 10th-place all-time in made 3-pointers with 1,723. Crawford is averaging 17.6 points, third on the team behind Griffin (22.2) and Chris Paul (18.6).

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Jamal Crawford impressed with Blake Griffin’s play Monday in Charlotte

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Blake Griffin playing hard in the paint Monday at Charlotte/Photo by Associated Press

 

When Blake Griffin took the floor Monday to help his team take on the struggling Charlotte Hornets, he was coming off a rather poor effort a day earlier in a 107-91 loss at Memphis. In that one, Griffin had just 12 points on 5 of 17 shooting and the 6-foot-10 power forward grabbed a measly four rebounds; he also had four of the team’s 10 turnovers.

Monday was a different story. Griffin scored 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and doled out nine assists in a 113-92 victory at Charlotte. Griffin still struggled a bit with his shot, making 10 of 23. But the back-to-back performances were night and day. Teammate Jamal Crawford noticed.

“Tonight he was forceful and dominant,” Crawford, who had 21 points of his own and moved into 10th-place on the all-time list for made 3-pointers, said post-game. “Inside his energy was that he came out on a mission, and we just followed him.”

Crawford now has 1,723 3-point baskets. He surpassed the 1,719 made by Dale Ellis, who played six-plus of his 17 NBA seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics. Crawford, a Seattle native, recalled taking in a game in which Ellis was terrific.

“I was at a game in Seattle when he hit nine 3s,” said Crawford, in his 15th season. “To me, I’m not in that level of shooting. So to hear those names, its unbelievable. Last year I passed Steve Nash.”

The Lakers’ Nash is 12th all-time with 1,685 3-point baskets.

Crawford’s career shooting percentage from 3-point range is 35.1, Ellis’ was 40.3

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Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes give their feelings on Ferguson via social media

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With the turmoil in Ferguson, Mo. resulting from the grand jury decision Monday not to prosecute a white police officer – Darren Wilson – for shooting and killing Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African American, on Aug. 9, we are keeping an eye out for Clippers players tweeting out their thoughts on the matter.

Sixth-man Jamal Crawford had this tweet:

“In life we have to remember what’s really important, thoughts and prayers with Ferguson …”

Here’s another from forward Matt Barnes:

“So it’s okay to kill people……….? As long as the person being killed is of color & the person…”

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For Jamal Crawford, having more assists than points is a rarity

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

 

Sixth-man Jamal Crawford had nine assists and just five points in 25 minutes off the bench Thursday in the Clippers’ 110-93 victory at Miami. Afterward, he said he didn’t remember the last time he had more assists than points.

“No, I don’t, actually,” he said. “I think they (teammates) made a point of emphasis when I was coming off the pick-and-roll to stay with me and have me pass the ball. That’s fine. I trust the guys I am out there with. If I attract two people, some guy is open and I try to pick that apart.”

Part of the reason why Crawford had more assists than points is because he shot just 1 of 6 from the field, 1 of 5 from 3-point range.

That said, Crawford is the team’s third-leading scorer at 17.1 points per game.

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Doc Rivers stoked about bench play, ball movement in win at Orlando

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Jamal Crawford scored a team-high 22 points in Wednesday’s 114-90 victory at Orlando/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Sure, Wednesday’s 114-90 victory at Orlando came against a team whose five victories had come against really lousy teams – except for Milwaukee – but that doesn’t mean coach Doc Rivers didn’t want to boast about about two things – his bench play, and ball movement.

“Yes, it was a great win,” said Rivers, whose 6-4 Clippers play tonight (Thursday) at Miami at 5 (on Prime Ticket, TNT). “Our bench out-scored our starters, which is a first. I thought in the first half they were great. Our starters got a long rest. And then in the second half, they came in and did the same thing.

“So when you play like that, like a whole team, it’s good. I think this is the best we’ve moved the ball this entire year. It’s hard to guard people when you move the ball that way.”

The starters scored 54 points, the bench 60. Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 22 points off the bench, Jordan Farmar had 13 and Spencer Hawes 10. Blake Griffin led the starters with 20 points.

The Clippers had 24 assists, Chris Paul getting nine. The Clippers had only 20 assists in their 105-89 loss to Chicago on Monday night at Staples Center.

Griffin is leading the Clippers in scoring through 10 games with a 22.8 average. Crawford is next at 18.4.

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Clippers start road trip with a 114-90 victory over Orlando Magic

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Jamal Crawford scored 22 points to lead the Clippers on Wednesday at Orlando/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The Clippers tonight (Wednesday) began their seven-game road trip on a positive note with a 114-90 victory at Orlando. New owner Steve Ballmer as on hand.

Jamal Crawford led the Clippers (6-4) with 22 points, Blake Griffin had 20, Chris Paul had 16 points and nine assists and Matt Barnes scored 13 points.

The Clippers, who led 56-48 at halftime, shot 53.6 percent from the field, 57.1 (12 of 21) from 3-point range.

Orlando (5-8) was led by Tobias Harris’ 25 points. Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 14 rebounds, but he had 13 of those rebounds in the first half.

The Magic’s five victories have come against Philadelphia (0-10 on the season), Minnesota (2-7), New York (3-9), Milwaukee (6-5) and Detroit (3-8).

The Clippers figure to have a tougher time Thursday when they play at Miami (6-5) at 5 p.m. (on Prime Ticket, TNT).

 

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Derrick Rose out, but Jamal Crawford says Chicago Bulls still dangerous

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Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose/Photo courtesy of Chicago Bulls, NBA.com

 

The Chicago Tribune has reported that point guard Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls won’t play tonight (Monday) against the Clippers at Staples Center because of a strained left hamstring. It will be Rose’s sixth missed game of 11 the Bulls (7-3) will have played this season.

But Clippers guard Jamal Crawford doesn’t believe that means the Clippers will automatically have an easier time with Chicago.

“He’s missed some time, obviously, the last couple of years,” Crawford said at the morning shootaround. “They’ve found a way to play without him and still do well without him. Obviously, they’re a better team with him, but they’ve gotten used to that, so you still can’t let your guard down.”

Rose did not play in 2012-13 and played in just 10 games in 2013-14 because of knee injuries.

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