Gerald Green gave indication the last game of the regular season that he was ready for the NBA postseason for the Indiana Pacers. The results of Sunday’s 107-90 win over the Atlanta Hawks indicate that he was indeed ready.
Green had a relatively quiet season for the Pacers, considering the several key players on the team that got most of the time. He averaged 12.8 minutes, 7.0 points and 2.4 rebounds a game. The last game of the regular season last week, the regulars were being rested so Green saw 40 minutes of action against the Philadelphia 76ers. He took advantage by shooting 14-of-23 from the floor, 6-of-21 in 3-pointers and scored 30 points. He also had two steals and six rebounds.
That performance gave the Pacers coaching staff enough faith in Green to see some action against the Hawks in the first game of their first round NBA series. He got 11 minutes and was 3-of-8 from the floor and 3-of-7 in 3-pointers for 11 points. He hit both of his free throws and had two assists with just one turnover.
It’s players like Green who are needed by teams this time of year if they’re going to win a lot of playoff games. The regulars can give it everything they want, but they’re not going to play the full 48 minutes. That’s why they have a player like Green. He can give a regular players some rest while giving this team valuable contributions.
The Pacers will likely call on Green several more times before the postseason ends. Don’t be surprised if he continues to deliver in a major way.