Green, who has shown flashes of being the player the Celtics envisioned when they signed him to a four-year deal, had a coming out party last month when the Celtics played the Miami Heat. Even though the Celtics lost the game, Green showed what kind of force he can be for this team.
He finished the game with a career high 43 points, and he showed everyone in Boston why he was worth trading away beloved Celtics player Kendrick Perkins. Now that it is playoff time and the Celtics face the likes of Carmelo Anthony and maybe even Lebron James (if they should make it that far), they need Green to take charge of this team.
With Paul Pierce stepping into a more point guard/small forward role, the Celtics will look to Green to be the slashing scorer who can get to the rim, and also create his own shot on the perimeter.
Whether he is in the starting lineup or coming off the bench, the Celtics will need Green’s youth and energy. He is big enough to move to power forward whenever Doc Rivers needs to give Brandon Bass or Kevin Garnett a rest, and can also grab rebounds, something the Celtics struggle with every season.
When Ainge signed Green this offseason, it was met with a lot of raised eyebrows as many didn’t know what to expect from a player who was coming of heart surgery and showed inconsistencies in the games he played in when he came to Boston from the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Now the Celtics need him more than ever in the playoffs and should he dominate like he can, there’s no telling how far this Celtics team can go.
Shannon Brown is a Boston Celtics writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @shanman201, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google