By Chris Haynes, CSNNW.com Trail Blazer Insider (@ChrisBHaynes)
Its no secret that the Portland Trail Blazers guard, JamalCrawford, has the NBA record for the most 4-point plays converted with 34. Thesurprising aspect about that achievement is that hes tallied that amountwithout using any trickery or gimmicks.
Crawford surpassed Reggie Miller -- who held the record with23 -- and was known for sticking his leg out when he saw defenders closingout on him and deceived the refs into blowing the whistle.
To his credit, Crawford uses no manipulation to get a call and says he gets the whistle due to the way in which he shoots the ball.
Guys just havent figured out my release, Crawford toldCSNNW.com. When I get ready to shoot, guys react late to it and they end upclosing out and bumping me while Im already in my shooting motion. I get fouled a lot justshooting, period.
Crawford does have a two-step hitch in his jump shot andapparently, its extremely difficult for opposing defenses to get their timingdown while contesting. Crawford said hes learned how to focus on nailing thejumper despite knowing when a defender is going to make contact.
When Im shooting, Im zoned in even when I know I'm going to get hit, Crawford said. I gotabout 3 or 4 of those 4-pointers left in me this season. Its not somethingthat I go out and try to do, it just happens from time to time.
Scoring in bunches is what Crawford brings to the Blazerbench. If he can add some more of those 4-point plays to his all-time careerleading total, the Blazers will be in great position to shock the league.