Suffering a nasty left knee injury in Game 4 of the Celtics' playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers probably wasn't the way Jae Crowder wanted his season to end. What's done is done, though. And the important thing is Crowder's knee won't be an issue heading into the 2015-16 season.
"The knee is 100 percent," Crowder said. "No pain. No swelling."
This comes as great news for both Crowder and the Celtics, especially when you consider the role the dreadlocked forward is envisioning for himself this year.
"One of my roles on this team is defending the best player on the other team if it's a wing," he explained. "I want to be a focal point."
Crowder's wish will likely be granted. Not just because the Celtics have a limited number of options on the wing, but because he's actually capable of locking down on the less glamorous end of the floor.