Crawford has agreed to a three-year, $42 million deal with the Clippers, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports. The long-time sixth-man will return to a Clippers team that may have generated much more noise in the 2016 NBA playoffs if not for a few untimely injuries. At 36-years-old, it seems likely that this will be Crawford's last contract and likely again his last stint with an NBA team barring a trade. While at an advanced age, Crawford is far from a bench warmer, as he averaged 14.2 points, 2.3 assists, and 1.8 rebounds per game during the 2016-17 season for the Clippers.
Crawford collected 32 points (10-25 FG, 12-13 FT), three steals and an assist over 39 minutes in Friday's series-ending 106-103 Game 6 loss to the Trail Blazers. Crawford maintained his bench role while Austin Rivers notched the start for Chris Paul (hand), and ended up generating his best performance of the series by far. He was solid throughout all six games however, tallying double-digit scoring in each contest and remaining highly aggressive throughout. The veteran guard was only able to muster a 38 percent success rate from the field and a forgettable 19 percent from three-point range, but averaged 17.2 shot attempts as well. The 36-year-old showed no signs of slowing down in his 16th season, averaging 14.2 points, 2.3 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 0.2 blocks.
Crawford will returns to the bench in Friday's matchup with the Trail Blazers. After losing Chris Paul and Blake Griffin for the remainder of the season head coach Doc Rivers tried shaking the starting lineup up in Game 5. As a result Crawford got the start at small forward. The Clippers have opted to go with Jeff Green in Game 6, but Crawford should still see a relatively healthy workload.
Crawford played a game-high 44 minutes and provided 17 points (6-23 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four assists, three rebounds, and two steals in Wednesday's 108-98 Game 5 loss to the Trail Blazers. While it was surprising that Crawford entered the starting lineup as coach Doc Rivers opted to go with a three-guard lineup in the wake of the absences of Chris Paul (hand) and Blake Griffin (quad), it was less of a shocker that he saw such extensive playing time while attempting six more shots than any other player. Unfortunately for Crawford, he struggled to get going throughout the evening, resulting in a rather empty stat line for the veteran. Crawford has now shot just 10-for-38 from the floor over the last two games, but that likely won't deter him from firing away when the Clippers face elimination in Game 6, as he's one of the few natural scorers in the lineup with Paul and Griffin out.
Crawford will draw the start in Wednesday's Game 5 matchup with the Trail Blazers. This status update is somewhat surprising as it was originally reported that Crawford was expected to come off the bench Wednesday. However, the Clippers have opted to go small by starting three guards in Austin Rivers, J.J. Redick, and Crawford. Given the absence of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin the remainder of the post season, Crawford should have plenty of opportunity to put up solid stats.
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