Jamal Crawford cared too much. The Clippers' super sub wanted to play with teammates Blake Griffin and Chris Paul this Sunday in Houston during the All-Star Game. Crawford's one of the most talkative players in the team's locker room, and no matter the question, he's willing to answer. Except for this. This still hurts too much. "I'm not ready yet," he said with a smile. Instead of shaking and baking in Houston, Crawford said he'll head back home to Seattle to spend time with family and friends. He'll also watch Eric Bledsoe on Saturday night in the dunk contest and Paul and Griffin on Sunday in the game. But will it be harder to watch when Crawford feels like he deserves to be there? "Yes," he said. "That, I can answer." Crawford's put together one of the best stretches of his season over the past 10 days. In the five games before Wednesday, Crawford averaged 22.2 points on 53.7 percent shooting from the field – including 45.2 percent from three-point range. Wednesday, Crawford kept it going, scoring 13 points in the Clippers' 106-96 victory over the Rockets. Even more significant, this stretch has come immediately after Crawford broke his nose and injured his right shoulder against Toronto. Crawford tried playing with a mask to protect his nose, but it was too uncomfortable. The bigger concern has been the injury to his shooting shoulder, which somehow hasn't slowed him down. "It's feeling good, but it gets stiff on him a little bit," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "You wouldn't know it the way he's shooting the ball. I'm hoping it stays stiff for a long time the way he's shooting it."
Jamal Crawford trying to deal with All-Star Game snub
Orange County Register | Feb 14