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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 ESPNLosAngeles.com.

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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