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Crawford picks a bad time to get injured

For Jamal Crawford owners, it doesn't look good the rest of the way.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - This is a dangerous time for Jamal Crawford fantasy owners. The former New York Knicks point guard has played well for his new team - Golden State, but an untimely injury may end up costing him playing time and fantasy owners points in the standings.

Here's why.

The Warriors, Crawford's new team, already had a pretty good point guard in Monta Ellis, he was just injured in a off-season incident. Ellis missed four months after injuring his ankle in a moped accident, but he returned on Friday night, scoring 20 points against the tough Cleveland Cavaliers.

"My wind is coming back," Ellis said after the game. "No pain, no swelling, no nothing. Everything is good right now."

Ellis averaged 20.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.9 apg, and 1.5 spg, while shooting 53 percent from the field last season and was on his way to becoming a full- fledged star.

Then the accident. But now Ellis has healed and one would expect him to be the starter very quickly, particularly now that Crawford has missed the last two games with a hamstring contusion.

Crawford has played well with Golden State (20.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.8 apg), but those numbers are no better than the man he replaced.

So the big question is how the team will divide the minutes when both men are healthy. The Warriors are well stacked at shooting guard with Marco Belinelli (currently injured as well), Anthony Morrow and Corey Maggette, so it is unlikely that both Crawford and Ellis will play at the same time. Plus neither plays great defense so together they could be a liability.

There are already rumors that Crawford could be on his way out of California, but who is going to trade for an injured player?

For Crawford owners, it doesn't look good the rest of the way. It might be time to "sell" if you can find someone who isn't paying attention, or who can afford to take the risk.

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