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Jordan Crawford on facing his former team: 'I don't recall playing for Washington'

Posted by Baxter Holmes, Globe Staff  April 6, 2013 12:37 PM

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WALTHAM -- Jordan Crawford will face his former team, the Washington Wizards, on Sunday at TD Garden.

"Who?" Crawford asked before practice Saturday when the issue was broached.

Washington, he was told. You'll be playing Washington. Your old team.

"I don't recall playing for Washington," Crawford responded -- and he used this line twice.

Crawford, who was traded to the Celtics at the Feb. 21 trade deadline, didn't exactly enjoy his time in Washington, as one might infer from his comments.

His stint in D.C. did end poorly. Crawford was upset about his sixth-man role, about being displaced by rookie Bradley Beal, and unsure why his role was shrinking on a club that was building for the future.

Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld summed it up after his club traded Crawford to the Celtics for the expiring contracts of Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins (and nothing else): “Jordan did not fit into our current plans . . . or our future plans.”

As for the difference between playing for his former team and the Celtics, Crawford said, "Just the seriousness it takes every day."

But does Crawford have something to prove to Washington?

"To who?" he asked.

Washington, the team you don't remember playing for.

"It's just another game," he said. "I want to come out, try to win the game."

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