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Clippers' Jamal Crawford limited by left calf injury

Clippers' Jamal Crawford limited by left calf injury
Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, shown against the Portland Trail Blazers on April 16, has struggled shooting in the first two playoff games. (Don Ryan / Associated Press)

With two days off before the Clippers' playoff game against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, reserve guard Jamal Crawford was forced to be careful with his left calf.

"I just got treatment, lots and lots of treatment," Crawford said after the Clippers' shootaround in San Francisco.

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But Crawford resoundingly said, "Yes!," when asked if he would play later Thursday night in the best-of-seven series that's tied at 1-1.

"The calf, it limits you a lot," Crawford said. "It happened in the first half of [Game 2] and I pulled myself out. That's when I was actually getting a rhythm, which was weird. I started to struggle, so I knew."

Crawford missed eight of nine games during the regular season with a strained left calf.

He came back to play in five consecutive games but missed five more games before playing in the final three regular-season games.

Crawford said he has been limited because his calf is bothering him again.

"I wouldn't say it's like the first time [I was injured]," Crawford said. "The first time was its own entity."

Crawford has struggled with his shot in the first two Western Conference playoff games.

He's averaging just 9.0 points on 31.6% shooting, 25% from three-point range.

"Yeah, it's discouraging. But you got to get through it. It's the playoffs. Everybody is a little banged up at this point."

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