When asked about the return in the post game, Crawford spoke on trusting himself (mainly his body) on the floor.
“Oh yeah. Yeah, for sure. That’s just apart of trusting. The last part of that is just getting out there, you know, and as that goes along, I think it’ll get easier and easier.”
Most importantly, Crawford responded in a positive manner when asked if he felt like himself over the course of the game.
“Yeah, definitely. I think the second half I got more comfortable. Was less tentative. Guys did a good job of finding me. Chris, JJ, and all those guys did an excellent job. And Blake and DJ set wonderful picks, so they made it easy for me.”
In the second half, Crawford only scored 6 points, but it was 60 percent of his total points scored and his back-to-back threes in the fourth quarter opened up the game, giving the Clippers a 12 points lead with close to five minutes left in the game. It’s isn’t much considering the caliber of player Crawford is, but for it to be his first game back, this is a good start.
Considering how the seedings are at the moment, the Clippers expect to be the three seed entering the playoffs unless the Oklahoma City Thunder have an extremely late season collapse, one I wouldn’t bet on. Since Crawford has missed time, I wouldn’t expect him to sit out these last few games. His scoring is important to how this team operates and it’s imperative that he’s in rhythm going into the postseason. With the Golden State Warriors likely headed to Staples Center to kick-start the 3-6 matchup, they’ll need Crawford at his best.
Mentally, Crawford will always be ready to attack, but if he can’t physically be there, it hurts the Clippers as a whole. Luckily for the team, he says his body feels good.
“I just was overly cautious coming back. The last couple days I was dunking and things of that nature. I haven’t dunked since before I got hurt, so I trusted it a lot more and I was just extra, extra cautious and had the opportunity to get it stronger. ”