Crittenton Is Asked To Emulate Billups

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, February 9, 2009

Second-year point guard Javaris Crittenton was back in his role as a reserve against Indiana last night after starting Friday's loss to Denver, but interim coach Ed Tapscott hoped that Crittenton took something from the experience, particularly the way Nuggets point guard Chauncey Billups ran his team during an easy 124-103 win.

One thing Tapscott has emphasized to Crittenton, who only spent one season at Georgia Tech and had seen mostly spot duty during stints with the Lakers and Grizzlies since entering the league last season, is learning to play fast but under control.

As he has flashed in fast-break situations, Crittenton certainly has the quickness to excel at the NBA level.

"At one point during the game, I went over to him and told him to watch Chauncey Billups, and the way he always seems to be under control," Tapscott said. "He always plays just as fast as he needs to. That is a great example of a guy who has learned to vary his speeds and that is something we want Javaris to learn as he plays more. That's what being in the league eight or nine years will teach you and I told him: 'Someday that will be you, teaching some young buck how to play.' "

ยท INJURY UPDATES: Forward Andray Blatche, who was out six straight games with a strained left knee, was in uniform last night. Center Etan Thomas (left knee) and shooting guard DeShawn Stevenson (lower back) remain out indefinitely along with Gilbert Arenas (left knee) and Brendan Haywood (right wrist), who have yet to play this season.

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