The Boston Celtics manhandled the Phoenix Suns Friday night winning by a convincing 25 points. Newly acquired shooting guard Jordan Crawford was able to produce for the Celtics in 17 minutes off of the bench.
Boston was forced to play without power forward Kevin Garnett because head coach Doc Rivers decided it was best to rest the big man. The Celtics were able to move the ball around well and Crawford did his best to fit in with his new team. He was traded from the Washington Wizards to Boston at the NBA trade deadline in a move that clearly pleased him after showing his frustration with his former team in recent weeks. The Wizards felt the break was mutual as team management was convinced that they needed to remove the potentially bad apple from their locker room.
“Jordan did not fit into our current plans . . . or our future plans,” Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said. “At this time, we thought it was in the best interest of everyone if we make this trade. It will be a good situation for Jordan. He might get an opportunity to go to a better team and help them and it will allow us to continue on the path that we’re trying to build in the locker room, with work ethic and team play, where everybody is on the same page and wanting to play for the same reasons. Being unselfish offensively and playing good, aggressive defense.”
Crawford recorded 10 points, three rebounds and two assists while converting 44.4 percent of his shots from the floor as well as going 2-for-5 from three-point range to help the Celtics cruise to victory. His shooting performance was well above his season average, which is something the Celtics were definitely thrilled about seeing.
Rivers has to be happy with what he saw from Crawford and the rest of his bench as the five players combined for 47 points and shot 51.5 percent from the field. The coach will clearly have a difficult time deciding on how to utilize his new guard while also still giving his starters meaningful minutes. However, this is a good problem to have as the Celtics make their push into the postseason.