The day after getting benched for what Wizards coach Randy Wittman called a “team rules violation,” shooting guard Jordan Crawford was given an opportunity to explain himself.
Actually, he was given several opportunities and decided to pass each time.
Following Thursday’s practice at Verizon Center, Crawford was asked if he understood why he was removed from the starting lineup, reportedly for arriving late for Wednesday’s shootaround.
He smiled knowingly and chuckled.
Asked if he overslept, Crawford said, “No, I didn’t think about it.”
Crawford was replaced in the starting lineup by newcomer Shelvin Mack in Wednesday night’s 87-84 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He managed just two points in the first half, then ripped off 15 in the second half to match Emeka Okafor with a team-high 17.
In what has become a broken record, it wasn’t enough. Crawford leads the Wizards in scoring [15.5 points] and ranks second in assists [4.7] but even he admits it’s hard to change the culture of a losing team. The Wizards own the worst record in the NBA at 3-23.
“We should get wins but when you’re stuck on losing you kinda find ways to lose,” he said. “That’s what we’re doing right now, we’re kind of finding ways even though we shouldn’t. It’s just confidence. It goes up and down. We have good games, bad games. It affects other people longer.”
With injuries to John Wall [knee] and A.J. Price [hand] Wittman tried using Crawford at point guard. But with Crawford struggling in that role, the Wizards signed Shelvin Mack and Garrett Temple to run the floor.
“I keep on moving,” he said. “I ain’t tripping over it.”