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Report: Clippers guard Jamal Crawford expected back from injury on Saturday

Jamal Crawford (Danny Bollinger/Getty Images) Jamal Crawford is averaging his most points per game since 2009-10. (Danny Bollinger/Getty Images)

Jamal Crawford, who has missed the last five games with a strained left calf, practiced on Friday and is expected to play when the Los Angeles Clippers host the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night, according to Arash Markazi of

The 34-year-old missed a stretch of eight out of nine games with the same injury last month.

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The 14-year veteran is averaging 18.6 points per game in 66 games (23 starts) this season.

"I think it's huge from a chemistry strand point to get everybody back healthy," Crawford said. "At that point we'd just be missing Danny [Granger]. Just to get back into rhythm after missing some would be huge. You want to play your best heading into the playoffs."

Granger, who also has a strained left calf, is hoping to return for the first game of the playoffs, Markazi reports, which will give coach Doc Rivers a fully healthy roster for the first time this season.

"I think it's great," Rivers said. "I think it's great for [Crawford] and the team."
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