Jordan Crawford, the Wizards’ leading scorer since the all-star break, is done for the season with a sprained right ankle. Cartier Martin will get his fifth career start in place of Crawford on Wednesday as the team plays its final road game of the season in Cleveland.
Crawford sprained his right ankle in Chicago on April 16 and fought through it the next game against Milwaukee, matching his season with 32 points in a 121-112 victory over the Bucks. But he struggled in his past two games, scoring a combined to score nine points while missing 19 of his 22 field goal attempts in wins over Miami and Charlotte. His lone field goal against the Bobcats was a driving dunk, but he said after the game that he would continue to keep playing. “Two games left, I can rest the whole summer,” Crawford said. “That’s how I feel about it.”
But Crawford didn’t participate in the morning shootaround and limped around the locker room before the game. “He just hasn’t really responded to the treatment,” Coach Randy Wittman said. “End of the Charlotte game, he was laboring a little bit. So he’s tried to gut it out through whatever it is. I appreciate that and it’s just not conducive for him to be laboring at this point, so we’re going to hold him out.”
Wittman said Crawford won’t play on Thursday against Miami. He also ruled out having Trevor Booker. The Wizards (18-46) are seeking to win five games in a row for the first time in four seasons. Martin hasn’t started since Feb. 16, 2011.
Rookie of the year favorite Kyrie Irving will play and start for the Cavaliers despite missing the morning shootaround with the stomach flu.
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