The point guard was very good for most of the afternoon, connecting on 7 of 11 shots en route to 19 points and five assists. But with less than four minutes left and the Celtics looking to build on a double-digit lead, Crawford tried one of his wildest passes of the season. He went around the back from his right hand to his left, then tried (quite unsuccessfully) to sling an assist to Kris Humphries.
The attempt sailed well over Humphries’ head and the Cavaliers scored the next six points. They eventually pulled within 102-100, but Brandon Bass blocked a late Dion Waiters layup and the Celtics held on.
This was the kind of play that had Celtic fans holding their collective breaths during the Antoine Walker years.
A night of brilliance topped off with the "what the heck was he thinking" moment.
Luckily, the Celtics won so Crawford could joke about the play:
“I like to have fun out there,” he said. “I kept the team loose with that turnover, you know what I’m saying?”
Pressed on the subject a little further, he was a little more serious.
“If you want to be a good player (you have to forget mistakes immediately),” he said. “It wasn’t really a big deal to me at the time. Just: next play.”
It was such an abhorrent play, in fact, that the almost always even tempered Brad Stevens had a complete look of disbelief on his face after witnessing it.