Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Rivers is not surprised at Crawford’s wherewithal.“Well, I think he is a professional, he’s a true professional,” Rivers said of his sixth man. “When you’re in that position of not being a starter, but being a guy off the bench, I think your name’s always going to come up, usually by people that have no idea what they’re talking about. And, unfortunately for Jamal, he has to deal with it. And that’s the tough part for him.”Perhaps it’s not as difficult as Rivers thinks.“I think I’m just mentally tough, honestly,” Crawford said. “I’ve been through a lot and I can only worry about so much. You can’t worry about this, this and a third (thing) and still go do your job and perform.“I just have to trust in God, trust in my family, trust in the process and just go hoop, go hoop and have fun.” Crawford is averaging 12.6 points. He has a 15.6 average in 15-plus seasons.Tough roadThe Clippers – 15-10 before Wednesday – may have just come off a five-game road trip, but after Wednesday’s game they are right back on the travel circuit when they head to Texas for a back-to-back Friday and Saturday at San Antonio and Houston, respectively.The Clippers come back for a game Monday at home against Oklahoma City, then take on the Lakers on Christmas night in what is a Clippers’ road game. The Clippers then go back out for games Dec. 26 at Utah, Dec. 28 at Washington, Dec. 30 at Charlotte and New Years Eve at New Orleans.Rivers isn’t thrilled about the schedule. But when he was told pre-game that it is kind of crazy, he wasn’t crying about it, either.“I said the same thing,” he said. “Yeah, it is. There’s nothing we can do about it. We did actually try to get this one changed. I mean, we would prefer to just stay out on the road and finish the next two and then have our break. But it is what it is. Not much you can do about it.“Every team goes through something like this at some point, we assume, and so we’re going through it now.”Rivers moving on upRivers, in his third season with the Clippers, had a coaching record of 715-534 over 16-plus seasons with Orlando, Boston and the Clippers before Wednesday. His winning percentage of .572 was 10th all-time among coaches with at least 1,000 games coached. It seems like Jamal Crawford’s name is mentioned in trade rumors every offseason. As Clippers coach Doc Rivers noted before Wednesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center, they are present in-season right now.It’s a lot to handle for any player, particularly for one now 35 years old who is struggling to find consistency with his shot.But Crawford is not a weak-minded player. He can shrug off all this stuff and still come through in a big way. For example, Crawford shot 3 of 11 from the field in a Dec. 9 win at Milwaukee and just 1 of 5 the next night in a loss at Chicago.He came back to shoot 4 of 8 in a win Saturday at Brooklyn and 5 of 8 in Monday’s thrilling 105-103 overtime victory at Detroit. It was Crawford who hit the game-winning shot – a 3-pointer – with 12.4 seconds left to play in that one.