Jordan Crawford has been struggling since returning from an ankle injury a few games ago, and it didn’t help that John Wall had returned during his absence, spending plenty of time on the court with rookie Bradley Beal developing their chemistry. The return of Wall and Trevor Ariza means possibly less minutes for Crawford if ineffective, and it has been looking that way until tonight.
Facing the Portland Trailblazers, Crawford came through with some huge buckets as well has hitting the game winning 3 pointer on a night where prized rookie Beal struggled. These are the types of games that show why they have Crawford. He is able to come off the bench and put up points in a flurry as well as not being afraid to take the big shot at the end of the game. He also probably thinks more highly of himself than anyone else in the NBA and on a night like tonight, it helped.
The Wizards have been mentioned in a few trade rumors thus far and one has to believe that Crawford would be a part of any package. He is still on his rookie deal and happens to be one of the very few assets outside of Wall and Beal that the Wizards have on their roster.
To lose a player like Crawford would actually be devastating for the team. He can score in bunches, play point guard in a pinch, and win a game or two on occasion. The Wizards may be wise to actually let this season play out with the players they currently have to see where and how everyone fits now that the team is finally healthy. Crawford certainly continued to make the case for himself tonight.