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Jamal Crawford Injury: Updates on Clippers Star's Calf and Return

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor I

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Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford left a March 2 contest against the Minnesota Timberwolves after suffering a calf injury. He hasn't played since, but is set to return for an April 7 game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Continue for updates. 


Crawford to Return vs. Lakers

Tuesday, April 7

Crawford will return to action this evening against the Lakers, according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News.

After the 106-78 win over the Lakers on April 5, head coach Doc Rivers called Crawford "probable" for the Clippers' next game, a Tuesday matchup against the Lakers, per Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

On April 3, Markazi reported that Crawford returned to practice. Rivers was confident Crawford would play in "a couple of games" before the playoffs, per Markazi

On March 26, Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times provided comments from Crawford, who spoke about his injury and return:

Asked whether he was concerned his current injury might end his season, Crawford said, “No, I'm not worried. I believe I’ll be fine.”
“It’s hard not playing,” said Crawford, who is not traveling with the team on its current three-game trip, “but I just look at it as each day is a little closer to coming back. The team is playing well and I see my family a little more, so I’m trying to look at the positives.”

Griffin Says Crawford 'Can Barely Walk'

Monday, March 23

Blake Griffin commented on Crawford's status and suggested Crawford is still not close to a return, via Melissa Rohlin of the Los Angeles Times.

"You can't rush him, he can barely walk," Griffin said. "He's not one of those guys that I'm really worried about as far as rhythm. He always has rhythm. He could walk into a gym and play barefoot and have that feel."


Rivers: 'Chance' Crawford May Not Return

Sunday, March 22

Robert Morales of the Long Beach Press-Telegram provided a statement from Clippers head coach Doc Rivers discussing Crawford's recovery:

“Well, I’m concerned,” he said. “I mean, make no mistake about that. I mean, I was pretty confident that Blake (Griffin) would be back at some point, so I didn’t have concern on that. But I do have concern with Jamal; I’ll say that.”

Rivers was then asked the million-dollar question: Is it possible Crawford may not return at all this season?

“There’s a chance,” said Rivers, whose team today at 12:30 p.m. plays host to the New Orleans Pelicans. “You know, I don’t know right now because he’s improved, but not enough, I can tell you that. He’s nowhere near, in my opinion, playing. So we just have to hope he gets better.”

Markazi added, "Jamal Crawford told Doc he's feeling better but he will not travel with the team on this upcoming three game road trip."   

Rowan Kavner of Clippers.com specified that Crawford is dealing with a "deep calf contusion, but not a bone bruise." "Crawford recently had blood drained from leg to reduce swelling," Dan Woike of the Orange County Register later noted.

On March 15, Markazi reported that Crawford was expected to be out at least another 10 days. Earlier, Markazi reported that Crawford was in attendance as the Clippers played Houston, but had to be driven to the locker room and was still limping. 


Crawford Discuss Injury

Tuesday, March 3

Crawford talked about his injury after Monday's game, according to NBA.com's Rowan Kavner:

Crawford said it occurred around the 10-minute mark in the second quarter, and he hopes it’s nothing more than a bad Charley horse.

“I hope so,” Crawford said. “We’ll know more after the next couple days.”

Crawford has hurt his calf before, but it was his other calf and he said it doesn’t feel the same as the past injury.

Dan Woike of the Orange County Register first provided details of Crawford's injury:

Dan Woike @DanWoikeSports

Jamal Crawford is OUT with a right calf contusion. Was limping near the end of the 1st half.

There is no player in the NBA quite like Crawford. From his devastating crossovers to his blinding quickness with the ball in his hands to his limitless range to his entertaining flash, he is capable of scoring in a hurry.

And at 34 years old, he still seems to be getting better.

In 59 games played this season, Crawford is averaging 16.5 points, 2.5 assists and two rebounds a game in 27.1 minutes of action while shooting 40 percent from the field. 

En route to his second Sixth Man of the Year award in 2013-14, Crawford averaged career highs in points per 36 (22.0), threes made per 36 (2.8) and free-throw attempts per 36 (5.5) while coming close in player efficiency rating (17.3) and true shooting percentage (55.6), per Basketball-Reference.com.

Crawford is easily one of the best sources of instant offense in the NBA, and his absence is a major loss for Doc Rivers' second unit.

One thing, at least, is sure. No matter how the Clips adapt, there will certainly be a shortage in four-point plays while Crawford is on the shelf.

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