After a very chippy, physical Game 4 between the Celtics and the Cavaliers on Sunday afternoon that led to two injuries, no one knew which one was worst. Kevin Love's dislocated left shoulder or Jae Crowder's left knee sprain. Both players would not return to finish the game at the TD Garden, but so far good news has surfaced for the C's swingman on Monday.
According to ESPN; Celtics team doctors have determined that Crowder suffered a sprained ACL in his left knee, and may not require surgery. The injury occurred when J.R. Smith hit Crowder in the face with his elbow as he was trying the box him out for a rebound. The C's guard fell to the floor with his left knee twisting awkwardly in the beginning of the third quarter.
The injury looked more severe as Crowder could not even stand up, and was carried to the locker room by teammates. Smith was immediately tossed out as he was called for a flagrant-two foul (automatic ejection).
The league has yet to make a ruling on weather Smith will be suspended for his actions.
Crowder was part of a trade from the Dallas Mavericks in December for Rajon Rondo, and is set to become a restricted free-agent come July.
The Celtics are expected to make a qualifying offer of $1.1 million and attempt to sign him to a multi-year deal.
Earlier in the regular season, Crowder expressed his desire to remain in Boston.
"I understand this is a business," said Crowder. "But this has been good for me here, the team is definitely on the rise and it would be nice to keep it going. But like I said, this is a business... We'll see." [CSNNE.com]
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