Even though the Clippers have been red hot, winning 7 of their first 8 games going into Friday’s game against the Thunder – the only team to beat the Clips this season – Jamal Crawford has been as cold as I’ve ever seen him. If you take out his 6 of 10 performance against the Spurs last week, the 6th Man of the Year has only made 8 of his last 33 shots and 2 of his last 14 from downtown.
On Friday, he broke out of his shooting slump, knocking down 7 of 11 from the field, 3 of 4 from 3 and finishing with a season-high 19 points in just 21 minutes.
“It’s a different challenge from the standpoint that I know I’m the same player, but we have a better group,” said Crawford, who had 11 in the 4th and the team’s final 5 points. “So instead of just me attacking, it’s our group attacking as a unit. It’s a different challenge than I’ve experienced here, but I’m still figuring out when to be more aggressive and when to just lead the group as a whole. And that’s the balance.”
Surprisingly, he did miss 2 free throws – including one in the final 10 seconds of regulation – after shooting a perfect 19 of 19 this season. Thankfully, the miss didn’t matter because Russell Westbrook’s game-winning 3-point attempt was off. Crawford got the rebound and the Clippers got to celebrate a 110-108 victory, their 8th victory of the season and best start in franchise history.