Jeff Green Provides Lineup Versatility for Boston Celtics
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Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green is having a really poor season for the team but one useful thing he helps provide is versatility. He is a 6’9 forward who can play the two through four positions. It is asking a lot out of him to play the four position for a whole game as he does not have the strength or stamina to bang in the post all game. He is primarily a small forward but can also play the shooting guard position in spurts as well.
Lately, head coach Doc Rivers has utilized a lineup featuring Green, Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and either Brandon Bass or Jared Sullinger. This is clearly one of the biggest possible lineups the team can throw out there. The lineup can work at times because smaller teams will not have enough guys to guard the Celtics size. Take for example when the Celtics face the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks starting backcourt consists of 6’0 point guard Jeff Teague and 6’2 shooting guard Louis Williams. They are both dynamic players and would have a clear quickness advantage over this Celtics lineup. However, on the defensive end of the floor, it could be a nightmare. The thought of Williams having to guard Green is simply laughable and the Celtics would have to look at that matchup early and often. If they had Kyle Korver on the floor as well, then he would have to guard Pierce, which would be another huge advantage for the Celtics.
This latest lineup that the Celtics have been utilizing can work against the right opponent.