Crowder is no longer experiencing pain in his ankle, Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com reports. Crowder struggled with a sprained ankle at the end of the 2015-16 regular season and into the playoffs, but was never forced to undergo offseason surgery. However, the pain lingered for nearly two months after the Celtics were eliminated from the playoffs, showing a true toughness from the 26-year-old forward for being able to play through it for so long. Now that the ankle is pain free, Crowder will look to return to form at the start of his fifth NBA campaign and he should be with the team for training camp without any restrictions.
Celtics GM Danny Ainge said Wednesday that Crowder will not require offseason surgery on his sprained ankle, Scott Souza of the Providence Journal reports. Crowder ended up playing in 12 of the Celtics' final 13 games in the regular season and playoffs after spraining his ankle in mid-March, but didn't look remotely like the same player the rest of the way. He averaged 11.1 points on an ugly 31.9 percent shooting from the floor, including a 23.9 percent mark from three-point range. Crowder may have tried to return too soon from the injury, but he was fortunate to avoid any further aggravation and looks like he'll just need to rest up and recover during the offseason in order to return to full health.
Crowder's shooting woes continued during Boston's series-ending Game 6 blowout loss to Atlanta. The brickhouse small forward was 5-of-15 from the field Thursday night, somehow still good enough to be Boston's second leading scorer (15 points) for the night. The Bossman's calling card is his hard-nosed defense. One must wonder if he ever fully recovered from the ankle injury that cost him eight games in late March. Crowder shot a lowly 22.5 percent in 12 regular season and playoff games following the injury. Boston is expected to add a bonafide scorer this off-season, allowing Crowder to return to a defense-first approach.
Crowder (ankle) is still tentative offensively, shooting a modest 4-for-11 from the field in Boston's Game 4 win versus Atlanta. With Avery Bradley out, the Celtics have no choice but to ask for big minutes from the somewhat hobbled Crowder. And Crowder is responding with a gutsy performance, despite clearly not yet back at 100%. Since missing nine games in late March, Crowder is shooting a poor 38% from the field. The C's need Crowder to return to mid-season form as they travel to Atlanta for Game 5.
Crowder posted two points (1-9 FG, 0-4 3Pt), seven rebounds, four steals, three assists, and two blocks across 35 minutes during the Celtics' 89-72 loss to the Hawks on Tuesday. Crowder managed just two points while committing three turnovers in a game-high 35 minutes on Tuesday. He did help slow down the Hawks' Paul Millsap, who was equally bad on offense in Game 2, but the injured Celtics were destroyed by a sad seven-point showing in the first quarter. Crowder has shown himself to be the only one capable of containing Millsap, but the Celtics' forward has not been able to score much against Atlanta's elite defense. Crowder is still putting up nice numbers in the other categories, and he did deliver a double-double during the series opener on Saturday. Nevertheless, he will have to play much better if the Celtics are going to get back in this series.
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