Wizards' top scorer a game-time decision

Wizards' top scorer a game-time decision
November 6, 2012, 5:45 pm
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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tyler Zeller (40) defends Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford (15) in the fourth quarter at Quicken Loans Arena.

(David Richard-US PRESSWIRE)

Wizards leading scorer Jordan Crawford spent most of Tuesday’s practice sitting on a folding chair with a bag of ice wrapped around his left ankle.

Crawford led the Wizards with 21 points in Saturday night’s 89-86 loss to the Boston Celtics but fell hard on his left ankle after driving the lane late in the game. He made the trip to Boston with the team Tuesday night, but according to coach Randy Wittman, Crawford’s availability for Wednesday night’s game in Boston will be determined after pregame warmups.

Crawford laced up his sneakers and tossed a few shots toward the basket near the end of Tuesday’s practice but did not take part in any of the team’s scrimmages.

“I hope he can play,” said Wizards forward  Trevor Booker. “We definitely need him.”

With John Wall [stress injury to right knee] and Nene [plantar fasciitis] sidelined, the Wizards are in need of some offensive weapons and Crawford has been their best with 32 points in the first two games.

Meanwhile, Nene is slowly working his way back from his injury. He spent the end of Tuesday’s practice carefully backing himself toward the basket and rising for shots. He is not pushing hard off either foot but appears to be improving.

At one point late in Tuesday’s practice, Wittman stopped a drill and informed his players that it’s OK to screw up a play, but it’s not OK to give up on a play.