DALLAS – Jae Crowder’s recent two-game stint in the National Basketball Development League contributed to the solid game he had Friday night against the Denver Nuggets.
At least that’s what Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle believes.
“In my estimation all that stuff helps,’’ Carlisle said of Crowder's D-League appearances. “That’s when a guy is not playing much to get him some minutes.
“It’s a resource for us and we’ve used it and we’ll continue to look at using it in the future if it’s the right thing to do.’’
Back on Feb. 27, Crowder registered a triple-double for the Texas Legends when he finished with 23 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists against the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Two days later, Crowder picked up another triple-double against the D-Fenders when he collected 22 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.
In Friday’s 122-106 win over the Denver Nuggets, after Vince Carter went down with a dislocated right pinkie, Crowder came off the bench and buried all four of his 3-point attempts – in the second quarter – to fuel a charge by the Mavs. His shot-making was an unexpected bonus for the Mavs.
“He’s been active and playing hard all year,’’ Carlisle said. “He got into a good shot-making roll (Friday) night and that was great for us.
“It couldn’t come at a better time with Vince in the locker room getting an X-ray or getting re-taped. He’s worked hard on his shooting and his rhythm and it’s good to see it culminate in a game like that.’’
-- Dwain Price
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