The Clippers need depth. That — and the lack of flexibility with no depth — is the team’s Achilles heal heading into the playoffs.
So the Clippers need Jamal Crawford back.
And, as had been expected, they should get it Tuesday night, reports Arash Markazi of ESPN.
Crawford has been out since March 2 with a calf injury, so expected limited minutes. Still, more Crawford and less Austin Rivers is good for the Clippers.
Crawford, the defending Sixth Man of the Year award winner, averages 16.4 points per game and brings needed shot creation off the bench for the Clippers. That said he is shooting 40.1 percent, he’s going to get singled out defensively in the playoffs, and the Clippers are -7.8 points per 100 possessions when he is on the court.
He doesn’t solve all the Clippers’ problems. But he is an upgrade.