Clips' Jamal Crawford out vs. Lakers
Crawford said he injured his foot early in the Clippers' loss Tuesday to the Denver Nuggets and played through it in Wednesday night's loss to the Golden State Warriors because the Clippers were missing Caron Butler, who wasn't with the team for personal reasons.
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With Butler back and Crawford's foot still hurting, team trainers decided it would be best to sit out Crawford against their crosstown rivals.
Crawford will be re-evaluated before Saturday's game against the Warriors. If he misses that game, he will have had six days off before the Clippers' next game on Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks.
"It's more to be on the safe side," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "He's had therapy and X-rays and he will get more scans tomorrow to make sure we're not missing anything."
Crawford said he is still hoping to play in Saturday's game against Golden State but will have to wait to see what doctors and trainers tell him. Crawford is averaging 16.5 points per game, second-most among primary bench players this season. He scored 24 points Wednesday night despite playing through the foot injury.
"It's probably best to sit out and rest," Crawford said. "You hate to miss a game like this for sure but in the big picture, it's probably smarter to rest it. I played through it against Golden State ... it got worse."
Crawford said he thinks the injury was caused by wearing the same shoes all season. Crawford will normally pick three pairs of shoes to wear at practice, home games and road games but has worn the same pair since training camp in September.
"I got superstitious and I wanted to keep the same shoes," Crawford said. "I wore them at home and on the road and I couldn't really feel them and they were flimsy and dirty and they were pretty beat up and I think that's what happened. They were comfortable. They were like the 'Like Mikes' Bow Wow had with special powers."
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Del Negro said Crawford's injury will force him to play Matt Barnes more at shooting guard and perhaps lean on his starters more than usual, but admitted the Clippers are not as deep as people think.
Chauncey Billups only has played three games this season and is still out with peroneal tendinitis in his left foot. Grant Hill hasn't played this season with bone bruises in his right knee. Lamar Odom is also being held out of practices and shootarounds with a sprained left ankle but hasn't missed any games.
"I'm running out of players here. Everybody says how deep we are but we don't have a lot of players," Del Negro said. "We can't even practice. We're only deep when guys are healthy, and right now we're not real healthy."
The Clippers, however, could be back at full strength soon with Hill expected back next week and Billups possibly back by the end of the month.
"Chauncey will start working out tomorrow a little bit and Grant has been working out," Del Negro said. "I expect Grant back hopefully within the next week if there are no setbacks, but time will tell on that. There's no definitive date on either one."