Thursday, February 14, 2013
Injuries slowing Jamal Crawford?
By Joe Kaiser
Jamal Crawford continues to play and produce with several nagging injuries, but can that last the whole year? For the sake of the Los Angeles Clippers and their chances at a deep run in the playoffs this season, it might have to.
Crawford broke his nose two weeks ago in Toronto and is also nursing a sore shoulder, yet other injuries on the team have made the veteran gut it out and play through the injuries. That is evidenced by him averaging just over 30 minutes a game in the month of February.
But if the soon-to-be 33-year-old is going to be able to hold up for the rest of the regular season and into the playoffs, he's going to have to heal up.
"Honestly, the last trip was probably the most banged up I've been at one time in my career," Crawford tells the Los Angeles Times. "Like different things. I had a thigh contusion. I can talk about it now, but back then you don't want to talk about it. It's like a 'True Warrior' or something.
"I got kneed in the thigh. My nose was broken. My shoulder was still coming around. So it was the most tough thing."
Chauncey Billups and Willie Green or two other veterans that Vinny Del Negro can use if Crawford ends up needing some time off, but the important thing here is that the Clippers and Crawford set themselves up to be healthy and ready to go once the playoffs start.