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Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, who returned Saturday after a three-game absence, said he may have returned too soon and will miss at least Monday's game against the Phoenix Suns as he recovers from a strained left calf. Crawford played only 10 minutes in the first half of Saturday's 109-108 win over the Atlanta Hawks but sat on the bench the entire second half as his left calf was heavily taped. He missed both of his shot attempts and finished with three points and one assist. "I just have to get it stronger because I don't want the same pain to continue to bother me going into the playoffs," Crawford said. "I didn't re-injure it but I could tell it has to be stronger for sure to feel confident pushing off and doing certain things." ESPN.com

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Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford is 33 years old and this is his 14th season in the NBA, yet somehow he continues to improve from year to year. While other veterans show signs of decline, Crawford continues to strike fear in the opposition with his humiliating crossovers and jaw-dropping scoring ability. “It’s weird, but I feel like I’m still getting better,” Crawford told Basketball Insiders with a laugh. “Now that I’m 14 years in, some people have been like, ‘Why are you still playing?’ A lot of guys start to plateau at that point or start to [decline], but I feel like I’m still getting better. I love the game of basketball. I’m entrenched in it every single day whether I’m playing it or watching it or talking basketball. For me, it’s still fun. It’s fun to work and see yourself get better. For me, I feel like I can do this for a very long time; God willing, no major injuries.” Basketball Insiders

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Stevens said he is not yet thinking about what Rondo’s return will mean for starting point guard Jordan Crawford, who is the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week, but indicated on Sunday there is plenty of room in the backcourt rotation for Crawford, Rondo and Avery Bradley. “The best teams I’ve ever coach have always had multiple point guards on the floor at once – especially when it’s in crunch time,” Stevens said. “That’s something I’m really looking forward to.” MetroWest Daily News

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DeAndre Jordan walked onto the court, looked over to the well-covered Rivers and said, “Oh, we waitin’ on Barack.” Jordan explained later that Jamal Crawford hung the nickname on him in preseason. “Doc gave us a long talk before training camp,” DeAndre recalled, “and Jamal said, ‘The only man who can give a speech like that is in the White House.’ It was Barack after that.” Boston Herald

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