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Enemy Chatter: Jordan Crawford’s game is grotesque

Chuck - Red's Army April 2, 2013 Enemy Chatter, Gametime, Jordan Crawford 18 Comments

We often wonder what opposing teams, their beat reporters and bloggers are saying about the Celtics. Here’s a look at some enemy chatter from Minnesota.

I just couldn’t take my eyes off him when he was on the court. I’d heard about the horror show that is Crawford’s game, but I’d never really paid attention to before. Man, is it grotesque. Every single thing about his body language on the court says, “I’m taking this thing over and I don’t even have to try.” And yet: I don’t think he could take over a game of hopscotch.

Watching all this, I couldn’t help but laugh. I got excited every time he had the ball in his hands because I had no idea what was going to happen. And listen: I’m one of the first guys to man the battlements when people talk about how “so-and-so is a bum” or “this guy isn’t a real basketball player.” No matter how lame the competition, watching Brian Scalabrine definitively destroy some average joes should put to rest the notion that any player playing at the NBA level could be anything other than completely dominant at most other levels of basketball. I’m sure Jordan Crawford would do very well at your weekend pickup game, thank you very much. In many very important ways, he’s a skilled basketball player. But he doesn’t seem like a professional human being.

A Wolf Among Wolves

Ouch.

John had a similar take on Crawford in last night’s game recap:

I’m sorry, I’m just at a point where I think he should be let go this summer.  The stat line tonight suggest he was ok (11 pts (5-11 fg) 6 reb, 5 ast) … but I just don’t like him out there.  I don’t think it works.  There’s no way I could have predicted that stat line having seen what I saw.

It’s safe to say there’s a lot of room for improvement in Crawford’s game, but to bail on the kid (he’s only 24) after 6 weeks is silly.

Give him another year in Boston. If he doesn’t learn from vets like Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo, then he might never get it.

Here’s a low-light reel of Crawford’s gaffes from last night. He does look a tad hyper out there.

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  • http://twitter.com/efendiyev Tolik

    barbosa didn’t have this much green light

    • Bleedgreen!

      He did but his shot selection was much better and he got to the rum and diddnt settle for junpers

  • jg

    as Gorman said, it looks like he’s ready to fly apart at any second. love this guy.

  • Lee in Oregon

    He might get another year in Boston or somewhere else, but I’ll be VERY surprised if he’s in the C’s rotation next year. I havn’t cringed this much in years.

    • LA Flake

      He just needs to shoot when he’s open instead of trying to create something out of nothing or passing up shots to make a pass or forcing an ill-advised shot. He could be a game changer coming off the bench but right now he’s just trying too hard to be something he’s not.

      I’ve cringed at his game like everyone else here but something tells me that this guy is a gamer and will play better in big games. And since we’re stuck with him this year, part of me is intrigued to find out what he can bring in the playoffs.

  • Shane

    Jordan Crawford this year (rounded, per game, via ESPN.com): 9 pts, 2 boards, 2 assists, 40%/30%, 20 min. Jason Terry (rounded, per game, via ESPN.com): 10 pts, 2 boards, 2 assists, 44%/38%. Jason Terry makes over $5 mil. and plays more minutes per game, Crawford makes under $2 mil. and plays less. In terms of value, it would seem that Crawford is outpacing Terry. Terry also had the benefit of an entire training camp and half a season. Substance over style, 7 days a week and twice on Sundays. Don’t be so ignorant.

    • Brick James

      Thank you Shane for proving why basketball is played by athletes, not statisticians.

      • Shane

        I couldn’t be farther from a statistician, but that’s besides the point. If you aren’t referring to statistics in a player evaluation, what are you referring to? All I am trying to say is that if you are going to cut Crawford next year, you have to seriously consider doing the same for Terry. Value and production-wise, at least. But then again, you apparently judge players on a different valuation scale than I do.

        • http://www.facebook.com/jake.gruber.7 Jake Gruber

          I’ve got to support Shane on this one. I am actually COMPLETELY an anti-stat guy, as I have disclosed in my arguments regarding Rondo and other players. However, I don’t even think you really need to look at the stats to say that Jason Terry has been SUCH a disappointment to date that it really is almost comparable how he and Jordan Crawford have played. I use the word comparable because obviously Terry has been slightly more efficient and looks smoother while doing it.

          However, the fact that the two of them ARE comparable is embarrassing for Terry. Completely embarrassing. I think that he talks way too much, and doesn’t let his game do any talking. The fact that he hardly averages double figures on a team that is DESPERATELY seeking offense is just inexcusable. The thing is, it doesn’t even make sense. This guy isn’t a second year or third year player who hasn’t proven himself. He is a long-time veteran that averaged 16 a game last year on a better offensive team than he’s on this year. HOW is he not able to score more? Even when Pierce and KG sit he doesn’t score. I am really, really disappointed in this guy and he continues to be a MAJOR reason for the Celtics struggles.

          The reason for the Celtics inconsistency is the inconsistent play of their bigs and their guards. That leaves only the forward positions as stable contributors. Terry should be a stable contributor from the guard spot and from the bench, and he is neither of those. Huge disappointment. Whether or not you believe in statistics, the eye test does show that he and Crawford are COMPARABLE/ on the same LEVEL at least right now in terms of production, which is once again embarrassing for a guy who promised big things.

  • eddysamson

    In his first few games when he was making all of his crazy shots no one was complaining. Now the only thing that has changed is what? A few TOs (which EVERY SINGLE CELTIC has a problem with) a few missed shots? Wow woop-dee-doo. Seems like he’s playing like the rest of the team, he just looks different while doing it.

    You know what he has a knack for that we are all forgetting? Buzzer beaters. Since he’s been on the team he’s drained at least 3 quarter-ending buzzer beaters. He has a few game winners on youtube on the Wizards as well.

  • Brick James

    “Grotesque” is being kind.

  • Mencius

    “—-It’s safe to say there’s a lot of room for improvement in Crawford’s game, but to bail on the kid (he’s only 24) after 6 weeks is silly.

    Give him another year in Boston. If he doesn’t learn from vets like Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo, then he might never get it.—-”

    Oh, I agree with you. I think he should be given a chance and a training camp, but the problem is that Doc seeming to be aiding and abetting his horrible shot selection. I think the kid has potential, but nobody’s ever showed him (or succeeded in showing him) how to play the right way, and it doesn’t appear as though Doc is even trying to get him to distinguish between a good shot and a bad one.

  • Caterpillar from Italy

    He moves in a really weird way, hard to watch.. He definitely looks like the Gollum from The “Lord of The Rings”

  • WOWOW

    He has such poor shot selection. I just don’t trust him out there on the court. Not a very dependable player honestly… I would let him go after this season.

  • Roy Sanchez

    I cringe every time he gets the ball cause I know he is going to take a shot. Game is unorthodox but he does need time with us

  • kobe

    watch Avery Bradley’s past games when he is shooting 3-11 they watch Crawford same shot selection, same awkward ball handling and passing skills that results to TO

  • ghoulbuns

    He’s no Barbosa, whom I sincerely hope we ‘re-sign next year, but I’ll admit they move the same and have a similar game. Crawford is just far more erratic.

  • Vince Lencioni

    He is a microwave. if we need penetration and shooting, he will definitely provide it. I agree, I think he needs another year or at least preseason in the Celtics fold before we judge him too harshly.