By Marcus Thompson
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 at 4:20 pm in Uncategorized.
The Warriors guard confirmed a strained groin will keep him out of the lineup tonight. He said he sustained the injury during warm-ups at Orlando. He was too overzealous during a stretching exercise and felt it immediately.
“I’m never trying that stretch again,” Crawford said. “Coach (Keith) Smart said he hurt himself doing the same stretch (in his playing career). I don’t think it helped to play on it because I felt it before the game.”
Crawford said he doesn’t know how long he’ll be out. He said he’s hoping to play on Friday against visiting Boston. He was waiting for “the guys who are playing” to finish getting treatment before he could have his turn in the training room. He expected then to find out more about the severity of the injury or if he needs an MRI.
Crawford said he played Monday because he was concerned about the reaction from the locker room had he sat out.
“I didn’t want people to think, ‘Oh, he had 50 and now he’s not playing,’” said Crawford, who sprained his ankle pretty bad at San Antonio on Dec. 6, but played through it because Stephen Jackson and Corey Maggette was hurt. “I care about what my teammates think.”
Crawford is known as the Heat killer. He’s hat some big games against Miami, including 52 in January of 2007 at Madison Square Garden (in which he made 16 straight shots) and 40 in Oakland earlier this season. Against Miami, he’s averaging 34.5 points and 5.5 assists this season.
“We’re well aware of the history he’s had against us,” Erik Spoelstra said pre-game.