Injuries and inconsistency may have dampened some outsiders’ views of a potential deep Los Angeles Clippers playoff run this season, but they haven’t ruined veteran sixth man Jamal Crawford’s outlook for his team. Crawford joined The Jim Rome Show on Tuesday and claimed he finally felt like his team was in a good place with the playoffs fast approaching.
“I think our chemistry is good,” Crawford said. “Kind of a weird season having guys in and out, starting out the season incredible at 14-2 then going through a rough patch, and then kind of getting back on track, and then going through a rough patch and then getting back on track. So it’s been a little bit up and down, a little uneven, but for us, we feel like as long as we’re feeling good about what we are doing going into the postseason we will be ok.”
Currently trailing Utah by a game and a half for home court advantage in the first round, Crawford said the Clippers would like to run down the Jazz for the advantage, but not at all costs.
“You want to be feeling good and healthy. I think that’s always number one. That’s priority over everything, because being available is probably the best attribute,” Crawford said. “But besides that, we’d love to get home court. We love our fans, we love playing in front of them, so to get as many games as possible in front of them would be a positive for us, but we have to put our heads down and try to finish this season strong the last seven games and then see what happens at the end of the day.”
Now in his 17th season in the NBA, Crawford talked about how much the game has changed, in particularly the approach to playing from the point guard position.
“They wanted point guards to be point guards. I played against John Stockton, I played against Gary Payton, those guys and Jason Kidd. So those guys who were really looking to get their teammates off,” Crawford said. “Now the point guard is more in the scoring mode and guys want that. They want your point guards to get 25 points and 4 assists, or whatever that is and that’s kind of where the league is going.
“I think with that, I see the change, it was much more physical, when I was watching it growing up, it was guys that were a lot older. Now it’s a younger league, younger guys coming in, guys aren’t in school as long so it makes for an exciting league as they continue to mature and grow and I think you’re seeing that especially with guys like (Russell) Westbrook and (James) Harden and what they’re doing having historical seasons.”
When asked if the NBA was better in his early years or now, Crawford highlighted the differences.
“If I’m being honest, I think it was probably tougher than, but I think it’s more exciting now, I really do,” Crawford said. “I think if you can see a guy shoot ten or fifteen three’s in a game, you’re like wow, this is unbelievable, [the] three ball was like a homerun, you know. So imagine seeing a guy hit five or six home runs in a game, he’s [fans] like this is crazy. So I think it was a little bit tougher then, but I think it’s more exciting now so I can see both ways.”