Injured Crawford says he'll play Wednesday

Injured Crawford says he'll play Wednesday
November 5, 2012, 5:45 pm
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Before the start of training camp, Jordan Crawford joked that if there is one thing he’s never been shy about it’s shooting a basketball.

Through two games the third-year guard leads the Wizards with 32 points and nearly led his team to a comeback victory over the Boston Celtics Saturday night.

Late in Saturday’s 89-86 loss Crawford was forced to leave that game with a left ankle sprain and he has spent the past two days icing the injury.

“It’s sore,” Crawford said after sitting out of Monday’s practice at Verizon Center. “I’m just taking it day by day. I knew it was going to swell up. It’s early in the season. I just want to be easy on it and take my time so I can be healthy throughout the year.”

Crawford played in 64 of the Wizards’ 66 games last season and Wizards coach Randy Wittman said he’ll know more on Tuesday about his shooting guard’s availability for Wednesday night’s game in Boston against the Celtics.

Crawford said there is no question in his mind about that.

“Oh, I’m gonna play,” he said. “That’s how I’m taking it. It’s not that bad.”

Wittman said point guard A.J. Price, who has shot just 5-for-23 from the field and 4-for-14 from 3-point range, has been bothered by soreness in his ribs but is likely to play on Wednesday.

Without John Wall [stress injury to right knee], Crawford has stepped nicely into the scoring role for the Wizards, following an 11-point performance in the season-opening loss to Cleveland with a team-high 21 points off the bench against Boston Saturday night.

“He gives us that punch off the bench,” Wittman said. “I don’t have to worry about him running up and down the floor three or four times to break a sweat and get in a groove. That’s a good weapon to have. He’s taken to it and done a great job with it.”