Expanded Role With Boston Celtics Will Come for Jordan Crawford
Newly acquired Boston Celtics guard Jordan Crawford has two games under his belt since being shipped to the organization from the Washington Wizards. In his first game against the Phoenix Suns he was in vintage form, scoring 10 points off the bench in 17 minutes. His second game against the Portland Trailblazers he was a no show, scoring zero points in 12 minutes. Crawford is certainly an up and down and inconsistent player, but the Celtics need him to provide consistent scoring numbers off the bench.
Crawford is certainly capable of helping this team win some games. He is a high volume shooter and has never met a shot he didn’t like. He replaces Leandro Barbosa in the lineup, ironically the same player he was traded for last week. The Celtics had to do this deal as they gave up virtually nothing to get him, unless Jason Collins suddenly morphs into a starting NBA center, which we obviously know isn’t happening.
Celtics head coach Doc Rivers was quoted earlier saying that it will take Crawford some time to get acclimated to the team and that nothing should be expected of him right away. He should expect to see roughly around 15 minutes per game, unless another injury occurs in the starting lineup. Rivers is currently starting Courtney Lee and Avery Bradley in the backcourt, a solid duo but nothing too flashy. Crawford would be a good player to mix in with the pair as he is much more of a pure scorer.
Jordan Crawford has the potential to help this Celtics roster and he should see a rise in his minutes in the not too distant future.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18