CALF WON’T KEEP CRAWFORD OUT OF GAME 3
SAN FRANCISCO – Jamal Crawford was asked two consecutive questions about his left calf before he stopped, looked at the group of reporters attending Thursday morning’s shootaround and asked, “How did you guys find out about this?”
Less than two minutes earlier, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers talked about the team’s injury situation heading into Game 3 of their first-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors across the Bay Bridge in Oakland. He mentioned Chris Paul’s strained right hamstring, saying Paul would play. He said J.J. Redick was doing “great” just three weeks after coming back from a 25-game absence with a bulging disc in his lower back.
But he also mentioned Crawford, who strained his left calf on Feb. 26 against the Rockets and has been bothered by it intermittently since.
“Jamal is OK,” Rivers said. “We knew this coming in. He’s played two games [in the Playoffs] on it. It’s sore and we’re just going to see.”
Crawford missed 14 of the Clippers’ final 23 regular season games due to the injury and since returning on Apr. 12 had not expressed any discomfort until Monday’s 138-98 win over the Warriors in Game 2.
“I think it happened in the first half of last game,” Crawford said. “That’s when I pulled myself out. It happened when I was actually getting a rhythm which was the weird thing about it. I just felt it.”
“It’s discouraging, but it’s the Playoffs. I’ll get through it.”
He said he’s undergone “lots and lots of treatment” over the last two days and participated in approximately 70-80 percent of shootaround Thursday.
Asked if was going to play in Game 3 Crawford gave an emphatic, “Yes.”