LOS ANGELES – Among the reasons for hope that the Trail Blazers’ sputtering season can turn around has been the recent play of Allen Crabbe.
Coming off a career-high 30-point performance Sunday against Detroit, Crabbe is enjoying the best stretch of what has been a trying season for him and the team.
“In the beginning, (his season) was shaky, up and down,’’ Crabbe said at the Blazers’ shootaround Tuesday at the Staples Center before tonight’s game against the Lakers (7:30 p.m., CSN). “But I feel like I’m finding my groove. I think I’m headed in the right direction now, the direction I want to go.’’
In the last six games, Crabbe is averaging 16.0 points while shooting 52.4 percent from the field and 56 percent from three-point range. He has also made 16-of-17 free throws during that stretch.
In fact, since the calendar turned to 2017, Crabbe has set career highs in points (30 vs. Detroit), rebounds (8 at Minnesota) and assists (5 at Golden State).
“One of my biggest things coming into this season this year was not being so inconsistent,’’ Crabbe said. “I would be here for a few good games, then you know, fade away certain games.’’
For the season, he is the Blazers’ fifth leading scorer at 10.7 points a game, while shooting a team-leading 44.1 percent from three-point range.
On Tuesday, he repeatedly noted that he is trying to stay “crisp” by continuing to shoot – both in practices and games.
“And me just having that mindset of coming into the game and being aggressive,’’ Crabbe said. “The coaches and players are not going to be mad if I shoot and miss shots.’’