Crowder nears season-high with 17 points
Crowder registered his best game of the campaign, coincidentally on the same night his former and current teammate returned to the floor. Aside from James, he took the second-most shot attempts on the roster (12), effectively contributing inside (50%, 2-of-4) and outside (50%, 4-of-8) the perimeter.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” said Crowder of welcoming back Thomas. “That’s my guy. That’s my point guard. It helped a lot.”
The six-year veteran even added a hint of theatrics to his breakout performance, tossing the ball from just inside the baseline, over the backboard and into the hoop. Although the shot miraculously splashed through the net, it was not ruled a basket because the ball is considered to be out of bounds on such an attempt.
Although Thomas will sit out Wednesday’s contest against the Celtics, Crowder is set for his first appearance at TD Garden since the Eastern Conference Finals.
“I’m focused on getting the win,” Crowder said. “It’ll be a fun game.”