Friday, December 30, 2016

Jae Crowder on 3-pointer vs Cavs: 'It didn't feel bad at all'

Although it wasn't the outcome he expected, Jae Crowder isn't showing any remorse over taking the potential go-ahead 3-pointer towards the end of the Celtics' 124-118 loss against the Cavaliers.

After nearly erasing a 20-point deficit and grabbing a lead with eight seconds left in the game, Crowder missed a 3-pointer that could have won the game for the Celtics -- one that he says he felt confident was going to go in.
"It didn't feel bad at all," Crowder said. "Back rim. I thought I got a good look at it. Teammates had confidence in me. Coaches had confidence in me to make that play call. So I'll step into it 100 more times." []
Crowder says the play was designed for him and that his teammate Isaiah Thomas encouraged him to take the shot.
"We had a play call," Crowder explained after the loss. "And Isaiah told me, 'The look's going to be there. The shot's going to be there. So take it.' We knew he was going to draw two. I just stepped into it and thought it was good. I got a good look at it." []
Thomas, who was double-teamed by two Cavaliers, dribbled towards the corner -- creating space for Crowder's attempt just right of the top of the key. Celtics coach Brad Stevens was seen clapping his hands in approval after Crowder's missed 3-pointer and told reporters after the game he had no problem with Crowder taking the shot in that situation.

The Celtics (19-14) are now tied with the Hornets for third place in the eastern conference and will look to improve on their record on Friday night when they host the Heat at TD Garden.

Josue Pavon

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