Crawford struggles against former teammates

Crawford struggles against former teammates
December 21, 2013, 6:30 pm
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BOSTON – This was not quite the reunion that Jordan Crawford was looking for when he lined up to face his former team, the Washington Wizards.

His play as well as the outcome were both disappointments in Boston's 106-99 loss.

Crawford, who was traded from Washington to Boston just before last February's trade deadline, has been a solid performer for the Celtics all season.

He is averaging 13.8 points along with career-highs in assists (5.6), field goal percentage (43.6) and 3-point percentage (34.8).

But Saturday's performance was certainly one of the low points in what has been an otherwise solid season for the fourth-year guard.

He had 11 points on 5-for-11 shooting along with eight assists.

That's not bad.

But he also turned the ball over five times, his second-highest total this season.

His six-turnover game came on Nov. 22 against Indiana, Boston's opponent on Sunday. Those mistakes by Crawford on Saturday were among the many factors that contributed to Boston (12-16) losing its second straight game.

"They made plays, and we didn't," Crawford said of his former team. "It's about being focused for the whole 48 minutes. It's big in the NBA. It's a mental game. You just have to stay in it."

Prior to the game, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens acknowledged that Crawford might be challenged to keep his emotions in check.

"There are some human elements to this game," Stevens said at the time. "You can either approach in that way or focus on team, focus on controlling what you can control. One of Jordan's greatest strengths is his willingness and desire to step up in the moment. And I don't want to do anything to limit that."

And while Crawford would have loved to have beaten his old team, he said he wanted to win for other reasons.

"You wanted to win the game. We lost one before that," Crawford said. "We wanted to get back on track."