Exactly one month ago, Jordan Crawford could do no wrong on the court. As we all know, lots can change in a month. What apparently hasn't changed despite tales suggesting otherwise, Jordan Crawford's volume shooting and dribbling ways. That reverse pivot has led to all sorts of Crawford clubbing.
Let's go back to December 9. The NBA named the ex-Wizard Eastern Conference Player of the Week after Crawford averaged 23.3 points, 6.7 assists, 3.0 rebounds while leading the Boston Celtics to three straight wins without his usual ball-dominant basketball style. In that stretch of the season came positive stories about how Crawford's new found maturity, borne from consistent playing time, had helped the Boston Celtics go from expected tankers to perhaps Atlantic Division contenders.
Now fast-forward to January 9. The Celtics lose on the road against the Los Angeles Clippers, Boston's sixth straight defeat and ninth in 10 games. Overall, the Celtics are 13-25 and trending straight into the NBA Draft lottery, which is where many assumed they would land during this rebuilding season.
The downturn has allowed the critics* to share their feelings about Crawford.
Setup: Between covering the Wizards and college basketball, between the holidays and trying to survive them, I really hadn't paid much attention to the Celtics or Crawford of late. What I noticed is that while Toronto zoomed up the Atlantic division standings, Boston went the other way.
Then on Tuesday I listened to the latest BS report podcast hosted by uber-famous Celtics fan and ESPN star Bill Simmons. The discussion largely centered on which teams are legitimate contenders for playoff berths in the East. The Celtics did not make the cut.
"Now it's inevitable and I'm just going to enjoy it," Simmons said of Boston's lottery future. "They're not good enough.
"As soon as Jordan Crawford turned back into Jordan Crawford, they can't beat anyone in the league."
Not that anyone asked, but my 3 least favorite players to watch; Jordan Crawford, Rudy Gay, Nick Young.— Haralabos Voulgaris (@haralabob) January 9, 2014
When Jordan Crawford goes full ballhog, you can actually see the life oozing out of every other Celtics teammate on the floor.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) January 9, 2014
Who better to steer this tank than Jordan Crawford? #AingeThoughts— Ben Rohrbach (@brohrbach) January 9, 2014
Then came Wednesday's loss to the Clippers. Then came more Crawford critique starting with the world's top NBA gambler, Haralabos "Bob" Voulgaris, who for added fun also knocks another former Wizard.
Note that Crawford scored 24 points in the latest loss. Also note that it's not always about stats, but how one goes about getting them. Apparently few folks are loving the way Crawford is generating his. The Wizards grew tired of his ball-dominant act and jettisoned him accordingly.
I could just end this post there, but all of this reminds me one of Aesop's Fables.
The Scorpion and the Frog
A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the
scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The
frog asks, "How do I know you won't sting me?" The scorpion
says, "Because if I do, I will die too."
The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream,
the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of
paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown,
but has just enough time to gasp "Why?"
Replies the scorpion: "Its my nature..."