October 14, 2020, 11:45 amJoe HarrisSF, Brooklyn Nets
Sharpshooting guard Joe Harris and Heat wing Jae Crowder may be among the free agents the Bucks will target with their mid-level exception this offseason, according to Eric Nehm of The Athletic.
The Bucks are aiming to upgrade the roster as back-to-back NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is about to enter the final year of his contract. The Nets have made it pretty clear they intend to re-sign Harris and the Heat have an interest in holding on to Crowder but it’s up in the air as to what really happens in free agency. Josh Jackson and Glenn Robinson III are some other possibilities who fit the scouting report of players the Bucks will be targeting, while GM Jon Horst is expected to pursue several trades. Look for a busy offseason for Milwaukee and more rumors to follow in the upcoming weeks.
Source: The Athletic
October 1, 2020, 1:15 amJae CrowderPF, Miami Heat
Jae Crowder bounced back on Wednesday and hit four threes to end with 12 points (4-of-8 FG), two rebounds and two blocks in Game 1.
Crowder's regression was a big storyline in the Eastern Conference Finals, but he finally managed to get his shots to drop tonight. A handful of threes is all the Heat need to get out of Crowder for his minutes to be valuable, but he's usually good for a few more peripherals than he put up tonight. For Miami's sake, hopefully the Crowder Regression storyline has ended for good.
September 25, 2020, 11:41 pmJae CrowderPF, Miami Heat
Jae Crowder went 0-for-6 from deep on Friday night in a loss to the Celtics, finishing with 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and a block.
Crowder played almost 33 minutes but still was not able to net a triple. This performance is a vast improvement over his Game 4 effort in which he scored just three points, largely in part to Tyler Herro's monstrous game off the bench. That being said, Crowder is 1-for-13 from long range in the Heat's past two games and coach Erik Spoelstra may be considering a lineup change with the aforementioned Herro. Keep an eye out ahead of Sunday's Game 6.
September 17, 2020, 9:58 pmJimmy ButlerSG, Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler had a solid outing on Thursday night and sunk two clutch free throws to ice the game, finishing with 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals in 36 minutes of action.
Butler is a superstar who doesn't need to dominate the ball to be impactful. He seems to always make a good decision late in games and in pivotal moments, and in this game he was able to defer to the guys around him making shots and just be disruptive on the defensive end. He was matched in the team-high 36 minutes by Jae Crowder, who scored 12 points, hit three triples and had three steals of his own.
September 15, 2020, 10:38 pmJae CrowderPF, Miami Heat
Jae Crowder eclipsed the 20-point mark for the first time in the bubble on Tuesday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. the Celtics, posting 22 points (7-of-11 FG) and five boards in the win.
Crowder has been vital for the Heat coming off the bench since being acquired from the Grizzlies in early February. His importance has only grown as their time in Orlando has worn on and he hit five 3-pointers (5-of-9 3PT) on Tuesday. Crowder also had two blocks, one steal and one assist in 39 minutes of floor time against his former team. The Heat will take a 1-0 series lead into Thursday's Game 2.
September 8, 2020, 10:27 pmJae CrowderPF, Miami Heat
Jae Crowder hit four 3s again on Tuesday, finishing 4-of-9 from behind the arc for 16 points and six rebounds.
The Heat eliminated the Bucks, four games to one, and will not move on to the Eastern Conference Finals where they will face either the Raptors or the Celtics, who are up 3-2. Crowder has been the epitome of a 3-and-D specialist thus far in the playoffs, as all of his shots in the previous three games (32 in total) have been of the 3-point variety.
September 8, 2020, 5:07 pmJae CrowderPF, Miami Heat
Jae Crowder (left ankle sprain), Tyler Herro (sore right hip) and Kelly Olynyk (sore right knee) are all expected to play in Game 5 on Tuesday, per Erik Spoelstra.
All three players were initially listed as questionable but it would appear they will be available on Tuesday. The Heat are looking to end the series with a victory against a Bucks team that could be without Giannis Antetokounmpo who is questionable with an ankle injury. They will feel as though they let one slip after losing in overtime on Sunday and that could serve as extra motivation as they seek to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2014.
Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter
September 7, 2020, 5:36 pmJae CrowderPF, Miami Heat
Jae Crowder (left ankle sprain) has been listed as questionable to face the Bucks in Game 5 on Tuesday.
Crowder injured his ankle during the Game 4 loss on Sunday but was able to close out the game. He has been fantastic for the Heat and has certainly been a contributing factor to their recent success. If he is unable to take his place in the lineup, it should mean more playing time for both Andre Iguodala and Derrick Jones Jr.
Source: NBA Injury Report
September 7, 2020, 12:41 pmJae CrowderPF, Miami Heat
Erik Spoelstra was noncommittal on Monday about Jae Crowder's status for Game 5 after the Heat forward took a hard fall in the team's first loss to the Bucks on Sunday.
Crowder was seen getting shots up at the Heat's shootaround but Spoelstra wouldn't make a definitive statement on his status for Game 5. Crowder has been on fire in all four games of this series. He's averaged 4.5 threes and been a big part of the Heat's defensive schemes. He seems likely to play but if he's out his team will need Andre Igoudala and Derrick Jones Jr. to make up for his absence.
Source: Barry Jackson on Twitter
September 6, 2020, 7:17 pmJae CrowderPF, Miami Heat
Jae Crowder made half his threes (6-of-12) in Sunday's Game 4 loss.
Crowder has been shooting the ball well from three this series and he kept that going on Sunday. He finished with 18 points, five rebounds, three assists and one block. In the series he's gone 18-of-42 (42.8%) from deep. Look for him to continue shooting the three ball against the Bucks in Game 5.
September 4, 2020, 9:56 pmJae CrowderPF, Miami Heat
Jae Crowder hit five triples on Friday in Game 3 vs. the Bucks, finishing with 17 points (5-of-11 FG, all of 3PT variety) and five assists.
Crowder took all of his shots from long range on Friday, but that is exactly what the Heat needed him to do. He hit some clutch shots and played 34 minutes once again, the third time he has done so this series. The Heat are in a really good spot right now.
September 2, 2020, 10:43 pmJae CrowderPF, Miami Heat
Jae Crowder paired a solid 16 points (5-of-13 FG, 4-of-12 3PT), six rebounds and two assists with two steals and four threes in the Heat's Game 2 win on Wednesday.
Crowder gave his team exactly what they need from him with that line. He has now played over 30 minutes in both games against the Bucks, clearly becoming a key piece of Erik Spoelstra's game plan. Crowder's role can be inconsistent but he's become a quintessential 3-and-D player for the Heat. He finished just inside the top-100 this season on the back of his steals and threes.
August 31, 2020, 10:56 pmJae CrowderPF, Miami Heat
Jae Crowder scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds while playing 35 minutes in Monday's Game 1 victory.
Crowder shot 3-for-7 from 3-point range while committing four turnovers. He averaged only 25.8 minutes in the series against the Pacers, but Erik Spoelstra wasn't afraid to use him against the powerful Bucks offense. It's also a good sign that Crowder's left ankle didn't prevent him from playing a full game.
August 30, 2020, 5:43 pmJimmy ButlerSG, Miami Heat
The Heat have removed both Jimmy Butler (left shoulder strain) and Jae Crowder (left ankle sprain) from the injury report ahead of Monday's Game 1.
Butler suffered his injury in the first quarter of Game 4 against the Pacers but was able to return to action in the second half. Crowder was on the injury report consistently through the first round but managed to start in every game. While neither player ever appeared to be in danger of missing time, it's great to see that they're healthy enough to stay off the report entirely.
Source: NBA Injury Report
August 29, 2020, 3:28 pmJae CrowderPF, Miami Heat
Jae Crowder (left ankle sprain) was able to practice on Saturday.
Crowder was on the injury report for most of Miami's first-round series with the Pacers but managed to start every game, and it looks like he will be able to continue to trend whenever the Heat begin the next round of their postseason run. The extra days off likely did him some good.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter