The Pacers have been looking at the bench to provide an extra spark in the playoffs and take some of the slack off their big men. Green has been targeted by Pacer coaches to be the key guy off the bench to get the team going in a major way at the right time.
Green had been showing life for the Pacers late in the regular season when it appeared that they were going through the motions. They went from a solid No. 2 seed in the NBA East to No. 3 and that factor forced them to give home court advantage to the New York Knicks for their anticipated playoff match up.
Green wouldn’t mind having a performance somewhere in the playoffs like he had for the regular season finale. The Pacers lost Game 2 in New York 105-79 and the series is tied 1-1. Green was 3-of-5 for seven points in that game. He’s averaging 7.7 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in the playoffs, along with 13.0 minues. He’s shooting 43.6 percent from the floor.
He played almost 40 minutes against the Philadelphia 76ers and was 14-of-23 from the floor, 6-of-12 in 3-pointers and also had six rebounds and one assist. Green has made the most of his minutes in recent weeks leading into the playoffs.
The Pacers are in a fight for their playoff lives if they’re to advance to the NBA East Finals. The more Green can come through for the rest of the series, the better.