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Gerald Green Provides Indiana Pacers With Clutch Performance

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Gerald Green has only started six games for the Indiana Pacers this season. But he’s made the most of his chances including No. 6 on Monday night in a 100-94 NBA victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

It was a good win for the Pacers over a team trying to clinch a playoff spot. Green was inserted into the starting lineup and gave the Pacers excellent minutes.

Green still plays slightly less than half the game with 23 minutes of action, but was 6-of-10 from the floor, 2-of-4 in 3-point shots and 5-of-5 in free throws for 19 points to lead his team. He had six rebounds, one assist and two steals. He didn’t have a turnover, a stat that might give him another starting spot very soon.

Green has been a reliable player for the Pacers to have this season. He’s at 6.7 points and 2.5 rebounds a game, but can step in at any time and give the team quality minutes. His shooting is probably what’s keeping his playing minutes down to an average of 18.5 per game. He’s only at 34.7 percent from the floor.

Green is not bad at free throws with 80.4 percent. But the Pacers would like to see his shooting percentage, which is only 30.9 percent from the 3-point area, go up several points. The higher it is, the more respect he’ll draw from defenses.

It’s also not a bad time of year for Green to have solid ballgames with the Pacers trying to get stronger as they enter the postseason.