Wittman talks Jordan Crawford trade

Wittman talks Jordan Crawford trade
December 10, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Boston Celtics shooting guard Jordan Crawford (27) warms up before the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center.

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We don't need Alanis Morrisette to recognize the irony. The same week ex-Wizard Jordan Crawford is named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, Randy Wittman can't find any scoring off his depleted bench.

Seemed like a good time to ask the coach if he wouldn't mind having the volume shooting and point-producing Crawford right about now.

"It was the right situation for us to deal with, Bradley [Beal] being where he was," Wittman said during his pregame media session before Monday's game against the Denver Nuggets.

Last season the Wizards traded Crawford to the Celtics for Jason Collins and Leandro Barbosa, neither of whom is in the NBA.

Wittman continued.

"I think [Crawford] was not accustomed to wanting play off the bench. Bradley was the guy we were going to move forward with. Now [Crawford]'s in a situation where he's starting again. You can't look back like that. You always have to look forward . You can't undo things like that even if you wanted to undo it. I don't ever try to let myself go 'geez, why did we do that' because you can't undo any of that. We all know what Bradley can become and who he is right now and we're real pleased with that."

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Beal certainly has the look of a future All-Star, but keeping the second-year guard on the court has been an issue. While Beal sits with his current leg stress injury, the roster lacks proven backcourt scoring options behind John Wall. Eric Maynor is shooting 31 percent from the field. Glen Rice Jr. has Crawford's confidence, but lacks experience on both ends of the court. Garrett Temple, who moved ahead off Crawford in Wittman's rotation last season, is more defender than scorer.

The frontcourt reserves aren't exactly shooting dynamos either, a scenario made more apparent with Nene, Martell Webster and Al Harrington sidelined. Further driving home the lack-of-bench-points point: Denver outscored Washington's reserves 34-5 in a 75-74 win.

"It was a tough night offensively," Wittman said following Washington's second straight loss, both at home. "We've got to get more than five points from our bench. We've got to get more production and not just from four, five guys."