The Clippers were shopping the 2014 NBA Sixth Man of the Year yesterday, but Jamal Crawford is a professional. Despite some mysterious tweets, the “king of subliminal” let his play on the court do the talking.
Crawford scored a team-high 26 points against the visiting Spurs on Thursday night, including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. His shake and bake on Patty Mills at the end of the third quarter even had Mills down on one knee.
Crawford would miss the jumper, unfortunately, but his one-on-one game is as tight as ever.
Crawford added five dimes to his scoring output, reminding everyone he’s an all-around offensive threat, and not just a one-dimensional bucket machine. Look at these two dimes to Big Baby in the first half:
Crawford spoke, per ESPN LA, about ignoring the deadline distractions after last night’s game
“I’m a professional,” said Crawford, who is averaging 16 points and 2.6 assists per game this season with his second worst field goal percentage (39.1) since 2000-01, his rookie season. “I’ve always prided myself on that. For me, I said a long time ago, I can play basketball anywhere. I really can. I can play at LA Fitness, I can play at Staples Center. [I could] play in the Garden, or wherever it may be. But, obviously, I came here for a reason. But if things change in the future, you have no choice but to be professional and move on and keep going.”
He certainly did that; although, his Twitter feed was littered with indirect references to the trade rumors, which he didn’t elaborate on when asked about them after the game:
There aren’t many like Crawford in the Association, so we’re glad he’s staying put — and we think the Clippers will be, too.
[Video via Dawk Ins]