Jamal Crawford is a silky smooth shooter, a brilliant crossover specialist.
But up until recently, the reigning sixth man of the year has had a major hole in his game -- defense.
"Offense was my defense," Crawford said. "I figured I was one of the best offensive players and I could outscore the guy I'm guarding."
That mentality did not work for defensive-minded Clippers' Coach Doc Rivers, who worked with Crawford last season to shift his mind-set. Crawford said the coach taught him that he didn't have to be a one-trick pony, that he could be a complete player.
"Now I look at it differently," Crawford said. "I care and I want to be a better all-round player."
Rivers said that Crawford's change of heart has been very important to the success of the team.
"He's got to be a two-way player and he's become that," Rivers said. "That gives us trust in him late in the games, you can keep him on the floor. He's been fantastic."