Crowder out Wednesday vs. Mavs, and may not play Friday vs. Warriors


WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder will likely spend some time with his former Dallas Mavericks teammates, but it won’t be on the floor when the two meet Wednesday night. 
Crowder, still on the mend from a sprained ankle injury suffered against Chicago on Nov. 2, has already been ruled out for the Mavericks game. 
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said he did not know if Crowder would be available to play on Friday against Golden State. 
“I know he’s not playing,” Stevens said. “I haven’t asked beyond that.”
Crowder’s absence has been among the many reasons why Boston’s defense hasn’t been nearly as good as many -- including the Celtics -- expected this season. 
The 6-foot-6 forward provides the kind of defensive versatility that’s unmatched among players on this roster. 
And he has shown himself in the early stages of this season to be an improved shooter judging by the numbers he has put in what has amounted to a very small sample size. 
Crowder is averaging 13.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game this season while shooting 55.6 percent from the field, 47.4 percent on 3s and 1.8 steals per game. 


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