Originally written on NBA 24/7 365  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Jennifer Lawrence does Louisville chant at game

Did Bret Bielema do ‘Horns Down’ gesture?

Devils unveil unique coaching by committee situation

Report: 49ers expect Jim Harbaugh to take Michigan job

Report: Johnny Manziel fined for being late to treatment

Duke Johnson's mother says son will enter NFL Draft

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Starlin Castro questioned following nightclub shooting

Report: Jeff Driskel thinking about transfer to Duke

Browns suspend Josh Gordon for final game of season

Report: Rex Ryan has already cleaned out his office

Clint Trickett retires due to concussions, hid two

Drew Stanton likely out for the year, postseason included

WATCH: Frank Beamer busts a move after bowl win

Bears could clean house after season

Nebraska chancellor booed by Huskers players?

WATCH: Rory McIlroy trolled by 'Sweet Caroline' song

Auburn, Wisconsin players literally ate tons of food

Did Kobe Bryant respond to heckler with the rings count?

Doug Fister bought Starbucks for his Twitter followers

DeMarco Murray dumped over cheating accusations?

Video: Rudy Gay tosses half-court alley-oop to McLemore

WATCH: Craig Sager is touched by outpouring of support during leukemia fight

Hiroki Kuroda returns to Japan, ditches Yankees

Kevin Garnett: ‘Very weird’ to see Celtics without Rajon Rondo

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

WATCH: Jennifer Lawrence supports Louisville with chant

Did Bielema do ‘Horns Down’?

WATCH: Beamer busts a move

Bears could clean house after season

Nebraska chancellor booed by players?

Johnny Manziel fined by Browns

Castro questioned after shooting

Rory McIlroy trolled with 'Sweet Caroline'

Browns suspend Josh Gordon

Kobe gives heckler the rings count?

Murray dumped over cheating scandal?

Rex Ryan has cleaned out his office

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.