Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green had a great opening exhibition game this past weekend against Turkish team Fenerbache Ulker. In a loss, Green had 16 points and 4 rebounds. Just to see Green back on the court is exciting as his heart surgery last year raised serious concern as to whether Green would ever play again. He has returned and looks to appear right back into his old groove. He had some nice drives to the basket and also hit a few perimeter jump shots in the game. He was way too quick for his opponent this past weekend and always seemed to get the first step on the opposing defender. Those are some of the traits that Green has always been able to excel in. His defense also looked solid and you have to think head coach Doc Rivers appreciates his first performance.
Green is going to play a huge role on this year’s team. He is still very young and offers the team great athleticism in the front court. The team missed him last year as the second unit constantly went into dry spells on the offensive end. A bench consisting of Green, Jason Terry, Jared Sullinger, and at some point, either Courtney Lee or Avery Bradley, will now suddenly become strength. Green will be asked to play around 30 minutes a night and his presence also allows Rivers to rest Paul Pierce more frequently this season. Pierce’s only backup last season was Mickael Pietrus, and he always seemed to be hurt. Pierce will now have a healthy backup at the small forward position. Green is also great in transition, something that will allow the team to run more in the open court.
Jeff Green is back, and it truly is a great sight to see.
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