Gerald Green doesn’t usually get high scoring honors in a game for the Indiana Pacers.
He was glad to do it on Monday and it came at the right time for the Pacers.
Indiana has struggled slightly in recent games and traveling to the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday night wasn’t expected to be an easy challenge. Green emerged as the unlikely hero with 20 points to lead his team to a 111-90 NBA victory over the Cavaliers.
Green had not seen much action and had not made significant contributions in recent games.
He was probably the last guy the Cavs were expecting to see score 13 points against them in the second quarter including three 3-pointers in a stretch of 1:34. Green’s stats didn’t give much indication that he’s going to have the night he did. He’s averaging just 6.4 points and 2.4 rebounds a game. It’s only the seventh time in his 40 games this season that he’s been in double figures.
Green came off the bench and saw 23 minutes of action, shooting 7-of-13 from the floor and 4-of-7 in 13 pointers. He also grabbed six rebounds and had two assists. His shooting needs to keep improving considering he’s at 34.2 percent from the floor and 28.8 percent in 3-pointers. If it does, he’s likely to get more playing time.
But Green showed that he can deliver in the clutch and opponents can’t take him lightly. The Pacers, trying to climb in the NBA East standings and get a favorable seed for the playoffs, wouldn’t mind getting a few more performances from him like that this season. Now’s the time to do it.