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Jamal Crawford sets Blake Griffin up for sick alley-oop (Video)

Blake Griffin alley oopJamal Crawford decided to have some fun as the Clippers began to pull away from the Milwaukee Bucks late in the fourth quarter on Wednesday. After the Clippers got a steal, the ball was fed ahead to Crawford who went between his legs and then threw up a pass for a trailing Blake Griffin, who jammed down a sick alley-oop.

Seriously, that’s better than most of the dunks in the Slam Dunk Contest.

Griffin said after the game that he was surprised by what Crawford did.

“I was telling him I had no idea what he was about to do,” he told FOX Sports Prime Ticket. “I thought he was going to throw it off the glass. I saw him toss it up a little bit, so I tried to put something special at the end.”

Crawford had 25 in the win while Griffin had 23, 11, and 11 for his third career triple-double. I think they were just trying to impress Aaron Rodgers, who was sitting courtside next to Clippers owner Donald Sterling:

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LeBron James Recruiting PGs Steve Nash, Jamal Crawford via Twitter

LeBron James is a basketball player, businessman, and aspiring international icon. It looks like he may be adding another title to his business card: general manager.

The Heat forward, who handled the ball for Miami a good amount last season, spent some time Thursday recruiting point guards via Twitter.

“Would love to see [Jamal Crawford] in a Heat uni! What you guys say?” he wrote in one tweet.

“Maybe Steve Nash in a Heat uni! So we can help each other get our 1st ring” he said in another.

Crawford is a free agent, which is why LeBron probably targeted him first. Nash is signed for another season with Phoenix, but he’ll be a free agent after that.

Steve is 37 years old, but he’s still one of the best distributors in the NBA. Crawford is 31 and one of the best sixth men in the NBA. Either player would be an excellent addition for the Heat, and hearing from LeBron personally via Twitter probably makes them feel wanted. Miami would likely be favored to win the title if they brought in either player.

Chest bump to Los That Sports Blog

Bennett Salvatore Admits to Mistake on Inadvertent Whistle

Chicago Bulls fans were complaining that the refs screwed them at the end of Game 4 in Atlanta, and it looks like they are justified. Referee Bennett Salvatore admitted he got a call wrong at the end of the game that helped shift momentum towards the Hawks.

Derrick Rose pump faked a three-point attempt with 2:28 left in the game and was hit by Jamal Crawford who tried to block the shot. Rose should have been awarded three free throws for being fouled on the shot, but Salvatore apparently blew his whistle inadvertently. The result was a jump ball won by Atlanta, and they converted on their next possession to go up by eight points, 92-84. Had Rose been awarded his free throws and made all three, it would have been a one-possession game 90-87.

“I blew my whistle. I was positive it was not a foul,”
Salvatore said after the game
. “I blew my whistle by accident, which is an inadvertent whistle. That’s why I disallowed it.
“Having watched the replay, it was a foul. I made a mistake. I was wrong.”

Salvatore may have admitted his mistake, but you can’t make egregious errors like that in such a key situation. And are you telling me there was no other way to handle the situation than by having a jump ball? This is almost as bad as the Kendrick Perkins tip-in by Oklahoma City that killed Denver in Game 1. The refs can apologize all they want, but it doesn’t help the team that got screwed. I suppose the only equalizer in the situation is that there were several incidents when the Bulls got away with hard fouls on guys like Josh Smith. As disappointed and upset as Bulls fans are, I think it all evened out, so keep that in mind.

Thanks to Tom Ziller for the Salvatore link