Crawford heating up

Crawford heating up
February 27, 2012, 2:25 pm
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IfJordan Crawford is hot and that's a big if, he's the Wizards' best pure scorer. Crawford has been hot lately, coming off the bench to score twenty-plus points in four out of the last five games, including a season-high 32 points against Sacramento last week.

Known to force and take ill-advised shots and shooting under 40 percent, the second-year pro Crawford played within himself and the offense against the Kings, going 12-19 from the field and 3-6 from beyond the three-point line, including 5-6 from the free-throw line.

Has Crawford played well enough to get back into the starting lineup or at least give Randy Wittman the thought of going witha three-guard lineup? You would have to think so, since the small forward spothas produced little for for the Wizards. Rookie Chris Singleton has started the majority of the games atthe three spot, but is only averaging four points and three rebounds a game.

The Wizards sorely need more scoring from that position, so they may have to sacrifice on defense to go smaller with Crawford starting at guard along with Nick Young.

Crawford seems to have goodchemistry withstarting point guard John Wall, as they have hooked up on several alley-oops throughout the season.

The Wizards are 7-26 and they aren't going anywhere, so they might as well try to shake things up and see what happens. Starting Crawford in a three-guard alignment is an experiment worth taking a shot at if you are Wittman.

It could start Tuesday night when the Wizards start the second half of their season at Milwaukee.