Jordan Crawford was traded to the Celtics at the trade deadline for an injured Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins. Crawford has given the Celtics some offense off the bench and has been the gunner Boston’s offense has desperately needed with their injury ravished line-up. Sure he is reckless, as he makes both Doc and the opposing coach worried whenever he is on the floor, but he is one of the question marks for the Celtics heading into playoff time who could be a role players who ends up being responsible for winning a playoff game.
Either way the Xavier product said some pretty awesome things heading into Sunday’s match-up with his old squad the Washington Wizards (via The Washington Post):
“Who?” Crawford said, before adding, “I don’t recall playing for Washington.”…
“Just the seriousness it takes every day [in Boston]. The players we have are different. It’s a blessing to be here and learn from the best,”…
“It’s just another game,” Crawford said. “I want to come out and try to win the game.”
Here is my personal take on what Crawford said:
First quotation: I am a huge fan of the ‘they did me dirty, so they have moved out of my conscious awareness’ approach. It’s always amusing and much better than flat out ragging on your old ball club, because that never does anything good to the public image. That being said– isn’t this prime time bulletin-board material for the Wizards? Won’t this be the chip on their should they were looking for against the Celtics? Am I giving their motivation to win too much credit for a team fighting for draft lottery position? (The answer is most likely ‘yes’ on all fronts.)
Second quotation: I could hear these kinds of quotations from new personnel all day. Music to my ears– Boston might be fighting off the Bucks, a .500 record, and a plethora of injury problems in April, but if they keep feeding me the ‘we have maintained a winning attitude’ comments I could sleep easy.
Third quotation: Is it ever really ‘just another game’? Basketball has a long 82 games season, many of the games are against non-playoff teams and are played on weeknights. In that spirit, players have to look towards little things to keep them motivated. The good players will usually show up for the big games, but the games against the Wizards in April does not fit into the previously described category of ‘big games’. Long story short– any way to get self motivated to play at a high level when the situation does not necessitate that type of performance is a smart move from a competitive stand point. In an entirely unfounded claim, I think Crawford does care about this game but only for the purpose of riling up extra competitive juices during a tough stretch of the season.
Boston plays the Washington Wizards (who?) at six this afternoon and the game has the potential to be a good one as Washington has been playing good ball since John Wall came back from injury. It will be interesting to see how Jordan Crawford handles his new NBA team squaring off against his old club.
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