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Crawford has us all on notice

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

ESPN Boston

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 .

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Reply Morena
8:27 AM on December 8, 2013 
I agree with every single word. I hope we'll be able to keep him next year and that he'll want to be Rondo's backup. He's really precious for our team.
Pressey shows some encouraging signs, but he's far from ready. I wouldn't have said that either, but Crawford is the guy we needed!!
Reply jlil89
10:11 AM on December 9, 2013 
We can't afford to let this guy walk and I believe he does not wish to either. J-Craw was being ridiculed and laughed at in Washington. He won't want to leave the place that has given his first real chance. He has found a home and I'm sure he wants to continue to flourish in it and grow with this team. Brad Stevens really is magic.

As I said, we CAN NOT afford to let him walk. As Shawn stated, we NEED this guy to back up Rondo. Rondo is our guy and we have to protect him. No more big minutes in the regular season. None. Not anymore. We must take care of our star player. That right there is why Crawford must stay and I firmly believe Ainge knows this. We are extremely lucky to have such a competent and intelligent GM and ownership group. And also what seems to be a transcendent coach in the making. And best of all, I really do believe this is all for Rondo. Watch out NBA, the Celtics will be back much sooner than later.