Jamal Crawford has been rolling, fooling defenders and drilling jump shots since the All-Star Break.
But Thursday, a sore left ankle did something that defenses haven't been able to do lately – stop him.
Crawford didn't play Thursday night against the Denver Nuggets after pregame treatment to his sore ankle couldn't get him ready to play.
He's considered day to day.
Since the break, Crawford has been spectacular.
In those six games, he's averaging 19.8 points on 57.5 percent shooting. He's making 56 percent of his 3-point shots and getting 1.7 steals per game.
"Jamal's capable of making tough shots," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "He takes hard shots, but he can make them. He's been on a roll lately, and it gives us another dimension out there that is tough to stop. ... He's fearless."
Matt Barnes, who runs with Crawford in the Clippers' second unit, has had the rough task of trying to guard Crawford in past years.
"The biggest thing is the way he can shoot off-balance," Barnes said. "You can body him up and get him off-balance, but he makes one-legged shots, falling down shots and fadeaways all the time. He's just a tough cover overall."
Without Crawford, the Clippers faced a number of challenges.
Del Negro said replacing Crawford's offense can't be a one-person job.
"He's played really well, but it's part of it," Del Negro said. "You have to manage the schedule and the injuries. It's all part of it. We've had our fair share, for sure, but other guys have to step up. Other guys are going to have to figure it out."
Clippers' Crawford sidelined by sore ankle
Orange County Register | Mar 8