According to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Jamal Crawford will miss Monday’s matchup between the Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Jamal Crawford out with left calf injury
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) March 31, 2014
A nagging calf injury will keep Crawford out of the rotation again. Although he returned for a short stint after being sidelined earlier in the month, it’s uncertain if the calf has been re-aggravated or if he’s being held for precautionary reasons.
Considered the leading candidate for the NBA’s sixth-man award, Crawford was inserted into the starting shooting guard spot after guard J.J. Redick made the injured list due to a bulging disk in his lower back. His production has helped the Clippers achieve a Western Conference third best, 52 wins and 22 losses record.
Having one of the best seasons in his 13-year career, Crawford is currently averaging 18.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists. He’s also shooting 41.8 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from three.
His production will be missed, but shouldn’t be a huge issue for tonight’s matchup against Kevin Love and the Timberwolves. The T-Wolves are giving up 103.5 points per game, ranking them 26th in the NBA.
Darren Collison will get the starting nod tonight again, and guard Willie Green will most likely pick up the extra minutes available from Crawford’s absence.
Crawford will be listed as day-to-day, and re-evaluated before the team’s next game against the Phoenix Suns.