Then I sat down with Crawford and got the same "we're a team" mumbo jumbo. Good to know all the Clippers will be playing golf together soon as a team.
This team needs Crawford going nuts.
Earlier this season, I referred to Jamal as Kobe Crawford. He's not here to pass; he's here to score and put on a show. And when he gets going, he breaks games open.
"I believe a team wins or loses as a group," he said. Blah, blah, blah.
He has a tattoo behind his left ear that says it all: Gifted.
But he has struggled at times in this series, even disappearing for entire halves. He has to do better.
The Clippers agree. Coach Vinny Del Negro spent time after Friday's workout showing Crawford how to evade Memphis pressure.
"I expect more from myself," Crawford said. "But we've done it by committee all season long, and within that we all have our moments."
I want more moments. This season began with a hotly contested game against Memphis, and Crawford was the difference, coming off the bench to electrify Staples Center.
The rest of the bench followed his energetic lead and the first half of the season belonged to the Clippers.
"I honestly feel like I'm just hitting my prime," he said.
He's 33 but didn't play much early in his career. "I'm excited about growing with this team," he said.
For the Clippers to grow, they must beat Memphis and move on to the next round. Kobe Crawford can make that happen.
He didn't get the All-Star attention he deserved, and finished second in sixth-man-of-the-year balloting, so I told him if the Clippers fail to beat Memphis it will be his fault as well.
I'm big on inspiration.
"Nothing wrong with that," he said before throwing out a challenge to Page 2: "Nobody puts more pressure on me than I do. I expect myself to be really good."
Then how about now, beginning with Game 4?