Apr 17, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Celtics shooting guard Jordan Crawford (27) takes the ball around Toronto Raptors small forward Rudy Gay (22) during the third quarter at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Celtics 114-90. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Celtics’ guard Jordan Crawford back with team following personal leave


Boston Celtics shooting guard Jordan Crawford is back with the team after leaving for a few days following a death in his family.

The 24-year old Crawford missed the second game of the preseason due to the death, but participated in Boston’s full afternoon practice on Thursday. The former Xavier standout averaged 11.2 PPG, 3.2 APG and 0.6 SPG last year with the Celtics, and is projected as a third-string shooting guard for this year’s team.

Ahead of Crawford is Courtney Lee and MarShon Brooks. Lee is entering his second season in Boston. Last year, he tallied 7.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG 1.8 APG and 1.1 SPG for the Celtics. He was the subject of countless trade rumors during of the offseason due to the Celtics’ plethora of talent at the guard position, but he enters the preseason with Boston, nonetheless. Brooks averaged 5.4 PPG in 73 contests last season, and scored eight points (3-6 FG, 2-2 FT) in 19 minutes of play in Wednesday’s preseason game. He also added three assists and two blocked shots.

Boston is entering what many consider to be a massive rebuilding effort after Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett departed for Brooklyn in the offseason. Former head coach Doc Rivers also left the team to fill a coaching vacancy in Los Angeles with the Clippers.

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