Jamal Crawford Injury: Updates on Clippers Guard's Shoulder
UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 7, at 9:17 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Encouraging news for Clippers fans as Jamal Crawford's shoulder injury does not appear to be serious and he is hopeful he will play tomorrow night, according to Los Angeles Times' Broderick Turner.
After the game [against Orlando], Crawford said his shoulder started feeling better and was hopeful that he could play against the Miami Heat on Friday.
Still, Crawford is listed as day to day.
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Crawford missed the team's game on Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic.
The team's official Twitter account broke the news on Wednesday afternoon:
Jamal Crawford (sore right shoulder) OUT tonight vs. Magic.— Los Angeles Clippers (@LAClippers) February 6, 2013
Crawford was already dealing with a separate issue after he broke his nose over the weekend and was questionable for the Feb. 4 game against the Washington Wizards.
Instead of sitting, Crawford wore a mask to protect his face while dropping 28 points in Los Angeles' 98-90 loss on Monday night—its third loss in as many games. Still, dealing with multiple injuries is a hard thing to do, and with Paul and Griffin already both sitting out, it's clear head coach Vinny Del Negro and this staff don't want to lose Crawford long-term.
The 32-year-old is having a great season for the surging Clips and is one of the top contenders to win the NBA's Sixth Man Award for the second time in his career.
Crawford signed with LA after spending last season with the Portland Trail Blazers, and his presence has given the Clippers a true scoring threat off the bench to play in tandem with Chris Paul down the stretch in games.
He's averaging 16.9 points per game, shooting 37 percent from the three-point line and is one of the biggest components of the Clippers' strong mix of veteran talent and depth that has led LA in its quest toward the top of the Western Conference this season.
We'll continue to monitor Crawford's status, but it looks as if the Clippers are trying to get him fully healthy as they begin a six-game stretch against playoff teams starting Friday, when they'll visit the defending champion Miami Heat.
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