The Boston Celtics back court depth took a hit due to some injuries, but recently acquired guard Jordan Crawford has been a key addition to the Celtics’ roster. When Rajon Rondo went down with an ACL injury, the Celtics were left without a true point guard and needed guard Avery Bradley to take over the duties. Rondo’s injury also forced Boston to move Courtney Lee into the starting lineup, weakening the Celtics bench a bit as well.
Boston’s bench was further cut short with the loss of Leandro Barbosa to an ACL injury as well, leading the Celtics to find reserve help from around the league. Enter Jordan Crawford via a trade with the Washington Wizards to provide some scoring off the bench.
Crawford may not be putting up big numbers for the Celtics so far averaging just 7.9 points on .398 from the field, but Crawford is one of those loose cannon players that is capable of going off for 30 points in limited minutes or shoot a team out of the game quickly. For example, Crawford scored 21 points in 27 minutes Saturday in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, but just the game before he shot only 3-11 against the Dallas Mavericks.
Even though the Celtics are currently on a four-game losing streak, a player like Crawford will be huge for them in the playoffs. With Crawford and Jason Terry coming in to give the aging Celtics scoring punch off the bench, Boston will be able to mix in different players with their veterans to keep opponents off guard, no pun intended. As long as he can keep his wild shot selection under control, Crawford can be a huge addition to the Celtics playoff chances.