On Thursday, the 13 key players on the Clippers practiced together for the first time this season, and it left Jamal Crawford in awe.
There was Chris Paul, practicing after missing nine consecutive games and 12 of 14 with a bruised right kneecap.
There was Chauncey Billups (tendinitis left foot), playing after missing 34 consecutive games. Blake Griffin was back after missing the last two with a strained left hamstring. Crawford had returned after missing one with a sore right shoulder.
And Grant Hill was playing again after having missed 36 games with a bone bruise in his right knee.
On Friday night against the Miami Heat, all of them were available to play — the first time that has happened all season.
"I was looking in our huddle while Coach [Vinny Del Negro] was talking, and I was like, 'This is unreal,'" Crawford said. "I was like, 'How did they do this? … It's unbelievable. We still have a ways to go, and we have to continue to get better and see where it goes."
Crawford was the last in the group to decide to play Friday night.
He admitted that after the shoot-around earlier in the day he couldn't lift his arm. But after working with a chiropractor, he played. Crawford scored 13 points in the game.
Now he sees perhaps the deepest team in the NBA finally playing together.
"We said that from the start though," Crawford said. "Like in China [for two exhibition games] we saw it. We saw a glimpse of it, but we still didn't have everybody."
Clippers' key players, together again at last
Los Angeles Times | Feb 9