LOS ANGELES — The Clippers should be feeling good after winning their third straight game. Instead, they were forced to deal with the reality that another key piece could be out for significant time.
Jamal Crawford left Wednesday night's 101-93 victory over Houston at Staples Center because of a strained left calf. Crawford will undergo further tests today, including an MRI.
The injury happened late in the first half, with Crawford noticeably hobbling in the final seconds. He was held out for the second half.
Coach Doc Rivers, who usually has little to say about injuries, hinted he feared the worst.
"Personally, I'm a little concerned because no one was around. When guys get injured with no one around, that always scares me," Rivers said. "We'll know more tomorrow. He said he felt better. I think he'll be OK, but I just have been around the league awhile. That's my concern."
Crawford left the arena before speaking with the media.
The Clippers are already playing without starting shooting guard J.J. Redick, who is out indefinitely because of a bulging disc in his back. Their only healthy shooting guards are Willie Green and Reggie Bullock.
Wednesday, the Clippers used Darren Collison in the backcourt with Chris Paul after Crawford went down.
Crawford has been terrific for the Clippers, averaging 19.1 points per game. His rebound and assist numbers are also improved from last year, when he finished second in voting for the Sixth Man of the Year award.
"He hasn't been good, he's been great," Green said.
Collison expressed frustration that the Clippers could again be without an important player.
"I don't know what the situation is, but I hope we get him back real soon," Collison said. "We've been going through this all season long. It just seems like whenever things are going well for us, guys start droppin'."
The Clippers nearly shipped Collison to New York in a trade last Thursday. Wednesday, he was the reason they won the game.
"He was great," Rivers said.
Collison's 17 second-half points keyed the victory.
It's the Clippers' third win over the Rockets this season, giving them an advantage in any potential tiebreakers.
Interest in Granger
Not that it was much of a secret, but Rivers decided it wasn't worth holding it in.
"Of course" the team is interested in signing small forward Danny Granger, Rivers said.
Granger agreed to a buyout with the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, and once he clears waivers Friday, he'll be an unrestricted free agent.
The Clippers are considered to be the frontrunner to sign Granger. The San Antonio Spurs are thought to be the primary competition for the former All-Star.
Rivers said he didn't know whether the team would be able to sign Granger.
"I don't think it really is up to us. I think it'll be up to Danny," he said. "There will be a lot of teams going after him, and there probably should be."
Granger has only played 34 games over the past two seasons as he has worked his way back from a left knee injury.
In 29 games for Indiana this season, Granger averaged 8.3 points on 35.9 percent shooting.
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