Clippers’ Jamal Crawford in practice gear for first time in 3 weeks

first_img“I guess,” said Rivers, when asked if this was a positive thing. “I don’t know. Yeah, I think he’s better. He’s walking better, so that’s a good sign. I don’t know what that means, but it’s got to be better than a week ago when he wasn’t dressed.“It’s a first step. I wouldn’t read that much into it, you know, but he’s feeling better.”Crawford did not practice. After shooting for 10 minutes or so, he joined a quick pre-practice team meeting on the court and left for treatment.There is still no timetable for Crawford’s return. There are 11 games left in the regular season for the Clippers (46-25). The first of those is Wednesday at New York.Winning, not numbers DeAndre Jordan now has 19 consecutive games with at least 14 rebounds. During that streak, he has had as many as 27 and six times he’s had 20 or more.After Jordan grabbed 16 rebounds in the Clippers’ 107-100 victory over New Orleans on Sunday, he was asked to talk about this run and if he goes into a game thinking about his lofty numbers and what he could get on a particular night.His response was reflective of a team player.“I would be disappointed if I got however many and we lost,” Jordan said. “But that’s my job. My job is to defend as best I can and control the glass. I just try to go (rebound) every game. Defensively, I just want to limit them to one shot if they miss. I try not to give up offensive rebounds.”Jordan then made everyone in Sunday’s postgame news conference laugh.“There’s not a number that I go into a game saying I want to get,” he said. “My mom says that. But I just want to get all of them.”Jordan leads the league in rebounding with a 14.8 average. The No. 2 guy — Andre Drummond of Detroit— isn’t even close at 13.3.CP3 is Player of WeekPaul on Monday was named Western Conference Player of the Week by the NBA. He averaged 26 points, 11.3 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals in victories over Charlotte, Sacramento, Washington and New Orleans. Rivers liked hearing it because he believes Paul is taken for granted.“Yeah, I’m actually surprised anyone noticed,” he said. “He’s been doing this for about a month now and it’s really gone unnoticed, that I know of. I mean, I don’t know, maybe people have been talking about it.“It’s good for him. I don’t care how good you are, it’s still good to be recognized.”Paul was moved, but not much. “Cool,” he said. “I think it’s happened before, so I’m honored.” Reporters were surprised to see Clippers sixth-man Jamal Crawford dressed in practice gear and taking some shots prior to practice Monday at the team’s facility in Playa Vista.For teammate Chris Paul, it was a sight for sore eyes.“It’s a great sign,” Paul said of Crawford, who has missed the past 10 games with a right calf injury. “Any time ‘Mal (Crawford) is in the gym, it makes me feel a lot better.”Crawford, the two-time NBA Sixth-Man of the Year, is averaging 16.4 points. He is a vital piece for the Clippers. But coach Doc Rivers, who Friday said there is a chance Crawford won’t return, cautioned reporters not to make too much out of Crawford dressing for the first time since his injury March 2 in a victory at Minnesota.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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