Washington Wizards’ Jordan Crawford Critical Of Team’s Slow Starts

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Give Jordan Crawford credit. He’s trying to put the best spin on the NBA‘s worst basketball team that he possibly can.

But it’s not working.

Crawford scored 21 points Saturday when the Washington Wizards lost to the Detroit Pistons to fall to 3-22 overall. He’s averaging 15.5 points per game.

An easy stat to point to the horrible record for the Wizards is that they opened the game with 1-of-15 in shooting on Saturday.

“We’ve got to get in the gym. Everybody individually has to work on their game and just keep shooting,” he said. “You have to come out and play hard. Our problem is getting off to slow starts and just digging us in holes. And we’ve been doing it consistently for a couple weeks now. So we’ve got to work on that.”

It’s obvious that coach Randy Wittman is drawing plenty of fire for the 3-22 record. Crawford doesn’t think the criticism is fair.

“He’s doing a great job. Him and the coaching staff, Crawford said. “They come in every day and they’ve got new ideas and they give them to us. They’re not giving up, we’re not giving up. I think these couple days are going to be good for us. Everybody come in fresh ready to play.”

Crawford insists the players aren’t ignoring the coaches.

“We’re responding to them well. Right now, we’re in a funk we’ve got to get ourselves out of it,” Crawford said.  Everybody’s kind of second guessing ourselves. We’ve got to get in the gym and work.”

Keep in mind, that the Wizards did beat the Miami Heat a few weeks ago and have had some critical injuries. But nobody is playing the violin.

“It’s no excuse,” Crawford said. “We have players that are very capable. Everybody in this locker room can play. It’s not an excuse.”

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