“Oh, I forgot,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said regretfully.
Veteran forward Nick Collison wasn’t even aware.
“Oh, I didn’t see. They beat Texas?” Collison said, a smile suddenly creeping on his face. “They’ll have to turn it around if they want to get in that race for second (place) in the league.”
The Clippers signed free-agent guard Jamal Crawford to a relatively modest four-year, $21.35-million deal last offseason.
Crawford quickly has made himself the frontrunner for Sixth Man of the Year by leading the Clippers in scoring (19.4 ppg) despite coming off the bench and shooting 43.4 percent from 3-point range.
“He’s as hard to guard as anybody in this league,” Brooks said of Crawford, who is in his 13th season. “He’s crafty up top. He can get to where he wants to go with his dribble. He has a great crossover and he has 3-point range, deep range. You don’t think that he’s shooting it, but he shoots it 5-6 feet behind the 3 (-point arc). I think that’s the best thing you can do … and you hope that he misses.”
By John Rohde