Crawford, Randolph play small but key roles

Crawford, Randolph play small but key roles
April 7, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Jordan Crawford only logged 16 minutes of action in Sunday’s game for the Boston Celtics.

Had he still been with the Wizards, chances are he would've pouted on the bench or complained about his role. Crawford, who was traded in February, had six points on 2-for-3 shooting in a 107-96 victory.

With the contest at TD Garden going back-and-forth, Crawford gave the Celtics (40-37) a shot in the arm.

With the Celtics ahead 32-31, Crawford made consecutive jump shots, the second one coming after he stole the ball from Trevor Booker.  Crawford made two free throws before halftime, and that was the extent of the damage he would cause.

Another player with ties to the Wizards, however, picked up where Crawford left off.

Forward Shavlik Randolph was given a chance during the summer league in Las Vegas and played with the Wizards (29-48) in the preseason. He averaged only 2.2 points and 3.0 rebound and was cut just before the 2012-13 regular season.

Unlike Crawford who has ill feelings towards his former team, Randolph is appreciative. 

"I got outplayed by the people I was competing against," Randolph told about his brief stint in Washington. "I'm the first in situations to be a man and own up when I've got outdone, and I didn't deserve to make the team over the people that made it over me. It was simple as that."

Randolph is in his sixth NBA season after being signed for the rest of the season in Boston. He played in China after being released by the Wizards. The Celtics had signed him to a pair of 10-day contracts and then re-signed him for the rest of the season.

Randolph had five points and five rebounds in the first quarter. His effort landed Nene in foul trouble by the third quarter as Wizards coach Randy Wittman had to send him to the bench with four fouls.

In 15 minutes, Randolph had eight points and seven rebounds. Nene produced seven points and five rebounds in 26 minutes. 

Randolph didn't take a shot in the third quarter, but his hustle put him at the free-throw line six times. His play, in combination with Chris Wilcox's eight points off the bench, helped Boston build an 87-71 lead entering the fourth quarter. 

Wilcox, a former player at the University of Maryland, finished with 13 on 6 of 7 shooting.