Jeff Green struggled last night in the Boston Celtics opening night loss to the Miami Heat. Green went 0-4 from the field in 23 minutes and got blocked on a monster dunk attempt by Chris Bosh. It was certainly a night that Green would like to forget and the Celtics are obviously going to need more consistent performances from him going forward.
A lot of people thought Green was ready for a monster campaign this year after having a dominant pre-season. He looked a lot more aggressive during exhibition play and unfortunately that did not translate in last night’s game.
It’s not too much to worry about though as it was only game 1 of 82, but it would certainly be nice to have a potent threat such as Green coming off the bench. There is a chance he could start a handful of games in the starting lineup, but I think more than likely head coach Doc Rivers will have him coming off the bench.
Another aspect from last night that Green struggled with was his defense as he didn’t look nearly as quick as he should have been.
Green will be counted on to provide a big lift off the bench this year along with Jason Terry, either Courtney Lee or Avery Bradley, and the surprise emergence of Leandro Barbosa. Green is one of the few players on the team with a post-up game and can demand double teams depending on the match-up.
Rivers will have to get creative with how he uses Green and there are not too many coaches out there with the smarts that he has accumulated over the years.
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