|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 8, 2013 at 5:15 AM|
Crawford is averaging 16.3 points, 7.1 assists and 4 rebounds during Bostons past 7 games, and the Celtics happened to be 5-2 in that stretch. Crawford has all of us on notice this season after many have Crawford as the worst player on this roster who would likely drive all of us insane with circus shots and deep three's out of the blue. Crawford is still taking those shots, but they make sense, and they also go in the basket.
I've come to the conclusion that Crawford is the guy that will aid Rondo in his quest for rest. Year after year Danny had nobody on this roster who could back up Rondo and now that player is in Boston. The question is if Crawford wants that? He's earning a lot of exposure around the league, and his value is high. I hope we can keep him in green next year, and I wouldn't have said that before the start of the season.
Could Jordan Crawford earn some most improved player votes this year? The Celtics have the best possible 6th man on the roster. He reminds me of a more well rounded version of Jamal Crawford
Crawford is providing Boston with a much-needed offensive jolt and, while prone to dribble penetration, is working hard enough on the defensive end to mask being the weakest individual link. More importantly, he's providing that much-needed intangible. As Stevens has noted multiple times recently, "He's not scared of the moment."
No, Crawford is playing inspired basketball and some Celtics fans, who would have been OK with Boston moving him for nothing this offseason, are now left wondering how the team will possibly find enough minutes for Crawford once Rajon Rondo is healthy enough to return to the lineup.
For now, just enjoy the show. Recently, the Celtics' rebound rates spike with Crawford on the floor, the turnover percentage drops noticeably, and the pace quickens. Boston's lack of a true point guard opened the door for Crawford, who has taken full advantage of what's in front of him.
Maybe it shouldn't surprise us. Crawford isn't short of confidence, as his recent late-game exploits confirm.
"Confidence is most of it in the NBA," Crawford said. "If you're confident in yourself and you play as a team, you can make a lot of great things happen."
Jordan is full of confidence and he isn't worried about taking the big shots. A must for any good 6th man on a playoff team .