The Atlanta Hawks dropped the final home game of their three game homestand, a 115-105 loss at the hands of the L.A. Clippers, who were without stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Austin Rivers stepped up in Paul’s absence, pouring out a game-high 27 points while Jamal Crawford added 19 points.
I don’t normally do this, but I’ll stick Rivers’ highlights here. He deserves credit, he played well. It’s nice to see that he’s a competent NBA player now, which was certainly not the case when he was in New Orleans.
The return of Jamal Crawford
It has been a rough month of January for Jamal Crawford. Before last night’s game, Crawford — for the month of January — had been averaging 8.6 points per game on 27.7% shooting from the field and 14.8% from three-point land. As you can see, a really rough month for Crawford, especially from three, Jamal had made just four of his 27 three-point shots. Per Chris Vivlamore of the AJC, coach Doc Rivers was asked about Jamal’s struggles. When Jamal walked into the room, Doc joked that he was sick of answering questions about Crawford, who put his arms around a few reporters, saying “Let’s change that narrative tonight.”
And change it he sure did.