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Clippers may sit Jamal Crawford, Danny Granger until playoffs begin

Apr 4, 2014, 8:44 AM EST

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Thursday night, For the first time in months, Doc Rivers got to put the starting five out on the floor he wants to use out on the court together: Chris Paul, J.J. Redick (returned from his back injury), Matt Barnes, Blake Griffin D’Andre Jordan.

Problem was, the bench wasn’t near what he wanted.

Jamal Crawford is in the Sixth Man of the Year discussion and Danny Granger has been playing much better for the Clippers than he did for the Pacers. Those guys will be key in the playoffs.

Which may be the next time you see them, Doc Rivers said and Madelyn Burke of the Clippers reports.

The Clippers are likely going to be the three seed and likely will have a tough first round matchup with Golden State. Those have been intense games this season, the Clippers are going to need all hands on deck.

So if that means resting Crawford and Granger until it matters, you rest them. Doc’s been there before, he gets it.

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