When Jordan Crawford pulled up for a 20-foot jumper with about nine minutes left against the Detroit Pistons on Monday, he gave Washington a seemingly insurmountable 12-point lead. Crawford wouldn’t score again – and his team had another excruciating collapse – but in scoring 20 points during a 79-77 loss, he still accomplished a feat that had only been reached once before by a Wizard in more than two years.
Ever since the Wizards decided to part with their former all-star trio of Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler, beginning at the 2010 trade deadline, Andray Blatche had been the only Wizard to score at least 20 points in six consecutive games – until Crawford.
With nearly 28 points (Nick Young and JaVale McGee) shipped away two weeks ago and Blatche dealing with a strained left calf and subsequent conditioning problems, the Wizards have been in need of offense and Crawford has been their most consistent source since a disappointing effort against his former team on March 16 in Atlanta, where he scored just six points on 2-for-9 shooting.
In his past six games, Crawford has averaged 21 points and shot 48.9 percent from the floor. But the Wizards (11-38) have only gone 1-5 in those contests. “My teammates are taking care of me and getting me good shots. The most important thing is we have to find ways to win,” Crawford said. “I think we’re not playing with that aggression.”
In some ways, Crawford has been overly aggressive during the recent four-game slide, waving off screens to take contested jumpers, as he did down the stretch on Saturday against Atlanta.
But Crawford toned down the one-on-one play against the Pistons and handed out five assists, even as he was one of the few players who could actually make a shot during an eyesore of a game. He also has handed out 2.8 assists in the past six games, including five against Indiana as well.
Blatche had six consecutive games with at least 20 points from April 1 to April 9. Young had five straight games with 20 points or more last season, and Crawford had never done better than four in a row before his latest run. He
Crawford would need another 20-point game to match Jamison, who topped 20 points in seven straight games from Jan. 5, 2010 to Jan. 15, 2010. Immediately after the Arenas gun incident became public, Jamison had games with 32, 26, 28, 32, 31, 31, 25 and 34 and was traded to Cleveland a month later. Butler hadn’t had 20 points six times in a row since November 2008, and Arenas hadn’t done it since March 2007.