Crawford solid in first start for Celtics

Crawford solid in first start for Celtics
March 27, 2013, 12:15 am
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BOSTON — Jordan Crawford has been a starter in the NBA before.

So there was no awestruck moment for him when he got the word from Doc Rivers that he would be starting in place of an injured Courtney Lee.

There wasn't much for the Celtics to feel good about after losing 100-85 to the New York Knicks on Tuesday, their fifth straight loss.

But Crawford, whether he's starting or coming off the bench, continues to play a relatively solid game.

His scoring in the first half on Tuesday - that's when he scored 11 of his 14 points - was among the reasons why the Celtics were still within striking distance at the half despite having gave up 10 points off of turnovers and being outscored 19-4 on second-chance points.

"I just play the game; sometimes it comes early, sometimes it comes late," Crawford said of his scoring. "I just take it how it comes; how the defense plays. You play off that."

A number of Crawford's points came while being guarded by future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd.

"Doc definitely wants us to find matchups on the floor, no matter who's checking who," Crawford said.  "[Doc] told me to go at him a couple times."

Rivers made the decision to start Crawford after talking with Jason Terry, who indicated to Rivers that he felt better remaining in his sixth-man role.

And as far as whether Crawford would be comfortable starting, that was never something Rivers was ever concerned about.

"I think Jordan looks comfortable every night," Rivers said. "Honestly, I don't know one way or another ... I thought he wasn't aggressive enough early on. And then he got it going."

Still, Crawford's play, much like the play of the rest of the Celtics, was not enough for them to get a much-needed win over a division rival.

"We just, we didn't have it tonight," Rivers said. "I wish I knew why."