Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick return to Clippers' practice

Crawford and Redick returning to the Clippers' lineup is scary for opponents. (USATSI)
Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick returning to the Clippers' lineup is scary for opponents. (USATSI)

The Los Angeles Clippers seem to be coming together and getting some momentum right before the playoffs begin. A recent loss to the Denver Nuggets snapped an 11-game winning streak by the Clippers on a roll for a while. They've done all of this without being full strength, but that could change pretty soon. 

Jamal Crawford has been battling a strained calf and J.J. Redick is suffering through bulging discs in his lower back, but both of them were set to return to Clippers' practice on Thursday. The team doesn't play again until Saturday when they host the Detroit Pistons, so the Clippers have plenty of time to assess the health of their two main shooting guards.

Crawford has missed eight of the past nine games with the calf injury, and only played 10 minutes in his game against the Hawks. Redick has been out for a month and a half, missing the team's last 18 games. Crawford is the second leading scorer on the team at 18.7 points per game and Redick's scoring average of 15.7 is fourth on the team.

The Clippers are currently 48-21 on the season, sitting in third in the Western Conference. They're two games ahead of the 4-seed Rockets and two games behind the Thunder for second in the West.

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Zach Harper likes basketball. Some would even say he loves it. He's also an enthusiast for everything Ricky Davis, Rasheed Wallace, Nic Cage, and has seen the movie Gigli almost three times. He's been... Full Bio

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