Friday, January 3, 2014

I think I jinxed Jordan Crawford

Back on December 11th I suggested on Celtics Life that fans should vote Jordan Crawford into the All-Star game.  The next day I wrote an article for Yahoo Sports making the case that Crawford was a legitimate All-Star candidate.  At the time Crawford was averaging 15.1 points, 6.1 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game as a starting point guard.  He was also committing just 2.2 turnovers per game, and leading the Eastern Conference with a 2.81 assist to turnover ratio.

Immediately after talking Crawford up, he proceeded to go 0-8 from the floor for just 2 points (along with 2 rebounds and 6 assists) in Boston's next game.  In the Celtics last 8 contests since writing my article his averages are down to 12.9 points, 5.4 assists, and 3.4 rebounds.  But the biggest difference is his turnovers, which have risen to 2.9 per game, lowering his assist/turnover ratio to a very pedestrian 1.87.

Crawford no longer looks much like an All-Star point guard, and I'm ready for Rondo to come back.  Of course Boston dropping 5 of their last 6 games doesn't help much either.  They have a brutal schedule ahead as well, and as I discussed on CelticsLife yesterday, it may soon be time to let the word "tanking" re-enter the discussion.

Also, take a look at this article I wrote for Yahoo about potential Celtics draft picks next summer.  Although the way things are going at the moment Boston may have a much better pick than I expected.

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