http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wiz ... road-trip/
â€śIt hurt the first moment and I havenâ€™t been 100 percent since that game,â€ť Crawford said about the Wizardsâ€™ 89-86 loss to Boston on Nov. 3.
Crawford played the next 25 games, establishing himself as the Wizardsâ€™ leading scorer despite an ever-changing role as backup shooting guard, to starting shooting guard, to backup, to starting point guard, to backup shooting guard once again. Until rookie Bradley Beal started to hit his stride this month, Crawford was the only Wizard who was a threat to consistently score 20 points.
But the pain in his ankle never went away, until Crawford decided that it was time to take a break, leading him to sit out against Chicago. He played four more games but the problem â€” which was recently diagnosed as a bone bruise â€” eventually forced him to take an extended break.
He has been a warrior for this team playing through injuries because the team needed him. Beal wasn't doing what he is now and there was no Wall or even Price. And he still produced.
Now that Beal is shooting better from 3, adding Crawford back should be fun to watch and it will give the Wizards a lot more flexibility. I can even see Randy using Wall, Crawford with Beal in stretches or even putting Crawford at PG some. Price has been doing better, but he doesn't drive like Crawford does.
But even if he is just used as a back up SG, that is going to help.