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On Saturday, Jamal Crawford and his Clippers traveled North to face the Blazers at Portland’s Rose Garden, the arena in which he played his home games last season. In those home games, he scored just 13.5 points per game on 40.5% from the floor and 30.9% from three. As the numbers indicate, Crawford’s stint with the Blazers was a yearlong struggle. He was bad, the team was bad, and mutual interest waned, resulting in his joining of the Clippers last summer. Now, Crawford is enjoying what most would consider the finest season of his career. Even his initial return to his least favorite building, the Rose Garden, went swimmingly — he dropped 25 off the bench in a 13-point Clipper victory.
It can’t all be peaches and cream, however. Having temporarily lost Chris Paul to a bruised kneecap, the Clippers stumbled into their first of two back-to-back matchups with the Blazers riding a three-game losing streak. Approximately 47 minutes and 37 seconds later, they were on the brink of yet another defeat. Down one and with no CP3 to work his magic, Crawford, the former Blazer, took it upon himself to attempt what would be the game’s deciding shot. Presumably, it was a shot he wanted nothing more than to take (and obviously make) — the sort of special moment that a fiery competitor subsists on.
To make a long story short, the Clippers lost their fourth in a row. Crawford missed a driving layup, forced a jump ball, won the jump ball, and missed a pull-up jumper at the buzzer. Both attempts were quality looks, especially considering the situation. But they, like so many of Crawford’s shots at the very same rim, refused to drop.
Surely this was not the ending that Jamal had in mind. Considering his history of making game-winning shots, there was little doubt in my mind that he would deliver. After all, he’d been having a good game. Prior to the layup attempt, Crawford had gone 6-13 from the floor for 19 points. He’d also pulled off his latest feat of ball-handling wizardry at the expense of Wesley Matthews.
Jamal Crawford, serving brothers quicker than fast food since before that line was rapped. Funny, the only thing quicker than Crawford’s move was Wes Matthews — to complain to the official. That’s how you know he was embarrassed as hell.
BEST OF MAXIM
Jamal Crawford has been quickly taking names with his deadly crossover. Wesley Matthews gets so confused that he just gives up with a wave of the hand. Jamal Crawford has been doing these things for years on players. He might be the most underrated ball handler in the league with devastating moves like this. Wesley Matthews never stood a chance.
If you took a poll among fans as to who has the best crossover in the NBA, I’m sure Jamal Crawford would at the very least be right in the middle of the discussion.
But after this crossover last night, he may have just secured the title.
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Jamal Crawford was pretty sure he was going to be the hero for his new team on his old stomping grounds. When Crawford's 20-foot jump shot bounced off the rim as time expired Saturady, guaranteeing the Portland Trail Blazers a 101-100 victory over Crawford's Los Angeles Clippers, he was as surprised as the Rose Garden throng was elated. "I thought...
There still is no set date for the return of injured Clippers point guard Chris Paul, head coach Vinny Del Negro said Sunday.
"Day to day, no timetable," Del Negro said of Paul, the team's star playmaker who is out because of a bruised right kneecap.
"With a bone bruise it's just a matter of letting it calm down," and then the Clippers have to wait ...
LOS ANGELES -- The Clippers are back in their "happy place," as Lamar Odom called it Sunday night.
They played team defense and kept a positive energy. They got everyone involved offensively. They shared the ball.
Most of all, they put an end to their four-game losing streak, and at the perfect time. Their 96-83 win over the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center avenged...
Chris Paul won't be playing for the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday against Portland. CP3 hasn't played since aggravating his kneecap injury on January 21.
Eric Bledsoe will start, and he's been an excellent understudy. In five starts, he's averaging 12.4 points, 5 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.4 steals and 1 block in 30.4 minutes. He's also made two 3-pointers in...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Blake Griffin had 23 points and nine assists and the Los Angeles Clippers ended a four-game losing streak with a 96-83 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.
The Clippers have the third-best record in the NBA at 33-13, 2 games behind San Antonio.
Eric Bledsoe had 10 points, five assists and five rebounds in his seventh start as point guard.
LOS ANGELES -- This time, the Los Angeles Clippers finished what they started. One night after surrendering the final 10 points of the game in an excruciating loss to the Trail Blazers, the Clippers reversed the result in a 96-83 victory over Portland at sold-out Staples Center. In the process, the Clippers halted a four-game losing streak despite playing without star guard Chris...
Last season, the Los Angeles Clippers pronounced that they had arrived and were going to be contenders in the Western Conference. This year, not a lot has changed, but the addition of Jamal Crawford has clearly brought the team to the next level, where it can certainly feel like it has a shot of winning the NBA title this year.
PORTLAND After a very light practice on Friday, Blake Griffin said he was feeling better after retweaking his left ankle in the first quarter of Thursday night's game at Phoenix.
Griffin did some shooting at the practice, and the team said the All-Star power forward is expected to be in the starting lineup Saturday night against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Griffin said he first...
LOS ANGELES -- This time, the Los Angeles Clippers finished what they started. One night after surrendering the final 10 points of the game in an excruciating loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, the Clippers reversed the result in a 96-83 victory over Portland at sold-out Staples Center. In the process, the Clippers halted a four-game losing streak despite playing without star...
The Los Angeles Clippers lost their 4th consecutive last night (101-100 to Portland) -- but that didn't keep Blake Griffin from making the NBA's YouTube page again.
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Nicolas Batum had 20 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 12
assists for his second triple-double in a week and the Portland
Trail Blazers handed the Los Angeles Clippers their fourth straight
loss with a 101-100 victory on Saturday night.