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Clippers' Jamal Crawford set to have MRI on calf

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Clippers shooting guard Jamal Crawford is scheduled Thursday to have an MRI on his strained left calf to determine the severity of the injury.

Crawford was injured with a few seconds left in the second quarter Wednesday night during the Clippers’ victory over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center.

Usually the sixth man for the Clippers, Crawford has been starting because J.J. Redick is out with a bulging disk in his lower back.

Crawford is having one of the best seasons of his 13-year career.

He is second on the team in scoring, averaging 19.0 points.

He is shooting 42.2% from the field, 36.9% from the three-point line.

The Clippers were forced to play point guards Chris Paul and Darren Collison together much of the second half against the Rockets.

“Jamal has been playing unbelievable,” Paul said. “We had got to a point where we were relying on him a lot. He’s another one of those guys where it’s going to have to be by committee [to replace him] and we’re all are going to have to step up.”

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