Boston Celtics Need Jeff Green to Step it Up, Play to His Potential
It’s a tough day in age to be a Boston Celtics fan. At just 4-8, the Celtics are pretty much in the position we thought they would be in before the start to the season: Mediocre at best. While Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry are having struggles of their own on the not-so-scary Brooklyn Nets, Boston is simply trying to get by until they can continue rebuilding next summer.
One of the pieces in place that was looked at as a bright spot going into the year is swingman Jeff Green. Since being given more playing time with the Celtics after coming back from a heart condition, Green showed a lot of promise in some big games for Boston. But, so far this year he has not been the player the Celtics have needed.
Averaging just 14.5 points and 4.2 rebounds while shooting the ball at 42.6 percent from the field, Green is the epitome of what the Celtics season has been: Again, mediocre.
The Celtics need scoring more than anything, and Green has done that on a couple of occasions but as proven in his latest outing in a beat down from the Houston Rockets, he’s had a couple of tough nights in a row now. Particularly, Green has struggled from three point range and has lowered his once-stellar percentage to a now less-than-stellar 35 percent.
Green is just two for his last 15 shots from beyond the arc after having some very efficient nights from long distance, including going 5-for-8 against the Miami Heat. On more than just this occasion, Green has shown the ability to knock down three point shots and this part of his game needs to be a bit more fine tuned.
On the positive side, Green hasn’t turned the ball over too much. In fact, he’s turned it over just 1.5 times per game. That is something that can be taken into consideration when analyzing his play thus far. If he can now take his efficiency with the ball and turn it into more points, Boston may have a fighting chance to win a few more of their games this season.