Jae Crowder: a defensive stalwart who caught fire from beyond the arc in Game 3
It doesn’t seem all that long ago when Crowder spearheaded those overachieving Celtics teams of the mid-2010’s alongside Isaiah Thomas. A -11 after Game 3’s 20-point loss destroyed what was a 14.5 plus/minus, but to be ahead of Paul, Ayton, and Devin Booker while playing a similar amount of minutes is a testament to Crowder being the best defender on a Suns squad rife with irritants. Just five days removed from an 0-for-5 performance from deep, Crowder buried six of seven triples in the Game 3 loss. Having converted nine of his 12 attempted threes since Game 2, expect Crowder to let it fly early and often in Game 4.
Crowder has always received backlash for his tendency to shoot treys at a high volume, even if it’s not his night.