In the Bonus: Crawford too reliant on the three

In the Bonus: Crawford too reliant on the three
January 5, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Jordan Crawford has been among the Boston Celtics to struggle shooting the ball lately. And when you look at the numbers, you can see why.

One of Crawford's greatest strengths is his ability to score in a variety of ways. He can beat players off the dribble and finish in the lane. He has the mid-range, pull-up jumper in his arsenal.

And of course, there's the deep three-ball that he unleashes from time to time. But he has relied way too heavily on the three-point shot recently.

In December and January, three-point attempts accounted for 42.3 percent of his shots taken. That's a significant rise from being his shot of choice just 30.4 percent of the time in October and November.

Crawford hasn't been attacking defenses off the dribble as much, evident by 29.1 percent of his shots in December and January being shots in the paint which is a steep drop from 41.8 percent of his field goal attempts coming in the paint in October and November.

But attempting more threes makes even less sense considering his percentage has gone down from 35.6 percent to 29.9 percent in December and January.

Crawford has shown a slight increase in free-throw attempts, up to 3.3 per game in December and January from 2.7 in October and November. But if he is to get on track, he and the Celtics need to make a more concerted effort to get him shots from the baseline which is clearly his sweet spot this season.

For players who have taken at least 30 baseline jumpers this season, Crawford is shooting 54.5 percent which ranks fifth in the NBA ahead of players like Miami's Chris Bosh (52.5) and Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki (51.8).