Every player has a different pregame routine. Once his shooting is done, Jordan Crawford likes to stretch out in the front row opposite the Celtics bench and watch the arena slowly fill up.
“I’m trying to take it all in,” he said.
The difference couldn’t be more extreme. In Washington, where he fell out of the rotation by early February, Crawford was the guy — according to Doc Rivers — who looked around at his fellow Wizards and didn’t understand what they could do that he couldn’t do better.
Crawford smiled quietly when asked whether, against a Celtics backdrop, he’s still that guy.
“I always feel that way. I have great confidence in myself,” he said. “The only thing about this situation is that (the Celtics) have established players who have already proven it, and they’ve been doing it for this long. It’s all about winning. And when you have a team where it’s all about winning as a team, you know what you have to do.”
Crawford’s Washington experience was from the other NBA pole, where every man — even those who should know better — needs to fight for their own.
“It’s a bunch of guys who are fighting to survive in the league,” said Crawford. “You don’t know who is going to be there the next day. You’re trying to get noticed, you’re trying to survive, you’re trying to feed your family. That’s the hardest thing for outsiders to see. I don’t know why they don’t think about it, but they don’t. It makes no sense to me.”
What makes a lot of sense to Crawford is shooting. That’s why he has found a good match with the Celtics. The medical demise of Leandro Barbosa deprived the team of a potent bench scoring threat.
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Jordan Crawford, Celtics make good pair
Boston Herald | Mar 1