HoopsHype Jamal Crawford rumors

April 23, 2013 Updates

Crawford thought he would be named to his first All-Star Game three months ago and was genuinely surprised and upset when he was overlooked. That's partly why he simply shrugged his shoulder when he found out Monday morning that New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith had been named the league's top sixth man. Crawford finished second. "That's twice in the season," Crawford said. "It's not about what I feel, honestly, because I learned with the All-Star Game that you can only control what you can control. Whenever it's up to the coaches or media or whatever, you expect the unexpected." ESPN.com

April 22, 2013 Updates

J.R. Smith won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award, Presented by Kia Motors, on Monday after turning a role he didn't want into one of the strengths of the New York Knicks' first division championship team in nearly two decades. Smith received 484 points, including 72 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 writers and broadcasters. The Clippers' Jamal Crawford finished second with 352 points, getting 31 first-place votes. NBA.com

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Jamal Crawford won the NBA's sixth man of the year award in 2009-10, when he played for the Atlanta Hawks. Crawford has made a case to win the award again by averaging 16.7 points per game for the Clippers, third-best. He has scored 453 points in the fourth quarter of games, the third-highest in the league behind two starters. "I think when you look back on your NBA career, I think anything that you can get is pretty cool," Crawford said. "Honestly, it would be an accomplishment to whoever gets it, because their team has to play well. So it's a team-thing first." Los Angeles Times

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There was the uncertainty and trepidation he felt at the morning shootaround in New Jersey. The celebratory pregame hug he shared with the Bulls' strength and conditioning coaches and training staff. The headbands his teammates donned to honor his return after a 58-game layoff. The protective sleeve he pulled over the bulky knee brace he wore. And of course, the 10 points, two assists and two steals he posted in 15 minutes of an eight-point loss to the Nets. "Even though I knew I was ready, I was scared," Crawford said before the Clippers' victory against the Pistons on Sunday. Chicago Tribune

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Creativity is one way to explain what Crawford did as soon as he got the ball in his hands. With Griffin trailing him, Crawford didn’t even take a dribble as he lofted the ball up with his right hand, brought it between his legs in midair before leaving it perfectly placed in front of the rim for Griffin. “I honestly didn’t know what I was going to do,” Crawford said. “We had a whole open court and the best jumper in the world right there and you might as well get creative. That’s something I’ve always wanted to do in a game or if I ever made the All-Star Game.” ESPN.com

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