Crawford starts, Wallace sits in C's lineup change

Crawford starts, Wallace sits in C's lineup change
November 6, 2013, 7:15 pm
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BOSTON - Celtics coach Brad Stevens once again tweaked his starting lineup with Jordan Crawford now with the first unit.

The move should help cut into the Celtics' league-high 21 turnovers per game.

Crawford averages 2.8 assists per game while committing just 1.3 turnovers per game, the kind of 2-to-1 ratio coaches are always seeking from their point guards.

"I think it [lineup change] will benefit both guys," said Stevens, referring to Crawford pairing with Avery Bradley in the backcourt.

The frontcourt now consists of Jeff Green at small forward, Brandon Bass at power forward and Vitor Faverani at center.

Gerald Wallace, who suffered a bruised right knee in Monday's loss at Memphis, will come off the bench and according to Stevens, will be available to play tonight.

By moving Bradley off the ball more, this enables him a better chance to do many of the things that he has done in the past such as cutting to the basket for lay-ups and dunks along with shooting more uncontested 3-pointers.

Last season, 56.5 percent of his shots were 3-pointers or dunks/lay-ups. This season, that figure is down to 39.7 percent in large part because he's trying to run the team instead of running to spots where he can be an effective scorer.

For Crawford, the lineup change gets the ball in his hands a lot more and as we've seen this season, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

"I just want to get the team off to a good start," Crawford told CSNNE.com when asked about starting.

In addition, this change may go far in altering the perception that many have of Crawford as being a guard more interested in his own points than actually winning.

Such criticisms never bothered Crawford before, and he says it has no impact on him now.

"It's the ability I was given; it was nothing that I was taught," Crawford said. "I see the floor, I see things before they happen. I try to get my teammates involved. If I can't do that,