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Yet, the Clippers are often referred to as a pretender rather than a contender. Critics say they have no shot at hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy as currently constructed. “They haven’t made enough moves to improve their roster.” “They aren’t good enough on the defensive end.” “They can’t win in the playoffs.” The players hear these naysayers, and are motivated by the doubts. They also know that the only way to silence these individuals is by winning in the postseason. “I think we’ve been in overlooked in some ways, but that’s okay with us,” Crawford told Basketball Insiders in a phone interview. “We’re one of those teams that will ultimately be judged by our playoff success. We can win 50 or 60 games and people are still going to say, ‘Okay, well let’s see what they do in the playoffs.’ We’ve kind of graduated to one of those teams – we understand that. We just have to keep building good habits and go into the playoffs with momentum, everyone healthy and everyone playing the right way.” Basketball Insiders

“I think our continuity is an advantage,” Crawford said. “If you look at all of the great teams in the ’80s and ’90s – and even the Spurs in this generation – they all stayed together and played together for years. That was their advantage, knowing where each other would be on the floor, understanding how to play with each other and having that chemistry. Chemistry is so underrated. You can make moves – sometimes, you have to make moves, I understand that – but sometimes the best move is not making any move at all. For us, we feel like we have a good group of guys, we have a great coaching staff, we have a great organization and we have that great chemistry. We’re all on the same page, we know how to play with each other and we know what the other is going to do even if we don’t say a word.” Basketball Insiders

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The Toronto Raptors’ Lou Williams, who averaged a career-high 15.5 points this season and helped Toronto win a franchise-record 49 games, is the winner of the 2014-15 Kia NBA Sixth Man Award as the league’s best player in a reserve role, the NBA announced today. The 6-1 guard becomes the first Raptors player to earn the honor. Williams, in his 10th NBA season and first with the Raptors, amassed 78 first-place votes and 502 total points from a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics finished second with 324 points (33 first-place votes), and two-time winner Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers was third with 131 points (eight first-place votes). NBA.com

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Another player who was even more dazzling was the late “Pistol” Pete Maravich. He played in a different era, toiling 10 years from 1970-80. During that time he averaged 24.2 points while compiling 15,948 career points. Heading into Monday’s game against the Denver Nuggets, Crawford needed just five points to tie Maravich, six to pass him. That would only put Crawford into 110th on the all-time list. But to him, it’s still a “cool” thing because of who Maravich was to basketball. “Yeah, that’s crazy,” Crawford said. “That’s unbelievable. That is a name. That’s a name I used to hear about a long time ago. Obviously, the way he was ahead of his time dribbling the ball, passing the ball, the way he played the game was a style all his own.” Los Angeles Daily News

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Finally, after missing the past 17 games with a calf injury, the possibility of Clippers sixth-man Jamal Crawford playing Tuesday night against the Lakers is strong. Coach Doc Rivers said after the Clippers’ 106-78 rout of the Lakers on Sunday that Crawford is “close” and even considered playing Sunday. Crawford at 16.4 points per game is the team’s third-leading scorer. The Clippers went 12-5 in his absence, but four of those losses were by two, three, five and eight points. With Crawford’s clutch shooting, one has to wonder how many of those close calls might have gone the Clippers’ way. One thing’s certain: Rivers and the players will be welcoming Crawford back with open arms. Los Angeles Daily News

April 3, 2015 Updates

The Clippers have managed to go 10-5 so far without Crawford, but that doesn’t make it easier to have to watch. Crawford hopes he won’t be watching for much longer, as he hopes to get a couple games in before the postseason begins. “That’s definitely the goal, to play as soon as possible and be smart obviously,” Crawford said. “It’s not like a strain where you can come back early and hurt it. It’s healed, but now you’ve got to get your wind and game shape and not compensate somewhere else.” NBA.com

April 1, 2015 Updates

Jamal Crawford went through a full workout on Tuesday before the Los Angeles Clippers played the Golden State Warriors and is nearing a return to the court. Crawford will travel with the team this week during their two-game road trip to Portland and Denver but is not expected to play, sources told ESPN.com. If Crawford continues to progress the plan is for Crawford to return next week when the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers on April 7, sources said. ESPN.com

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