The Celtics were without Rajon Rondo as he rested because of the back-to-back game. Avery Bradley is also out for a couple of weeks due to an ankle injury. Therefore, the Celtics had quite the unfamiliar lineup against the Wizards, with Kris Humphries, Jared Sullinger, Jeff Green, Gerald Wallace, and Phil Pressey getting the call against John Wall and co.
Perhaps the best story of the night was the performance of Green. He had a monster night with 39 points, nine rebounds and 3 steals. He was 14-of-26 from the field, including eight 3-pointers.
It’s games like these that frustrate the Boston faithful. “Why can’t he do that every single night?” is what most people ponder. It is absolutely fair to demand more games like that from Green after it looks as if he is perfectly capable of obliterating the opposing defense with ease. The simple answer, however, is that it just isn’t in his DNA to be the alpha dog.
When Green decides to be aggressive and be the guy, it pays dividends. This season, when Green takes 19 or more shots, he averages 28.4 points. Last season, he averaged 32.5 points when taking at least 19 shots. The bottom line is, Green can put up big numbers each and every night … if only he chose to be more assertive and take more shots. It baffles me that he doesn’t take advantage of the talent he possesses.
Nonetheless, after a performance like last night, the trade value of Green goes up. I have said all along that he isn’t the guy to build with, so trading him is in the best interest of the team. If Green did take full advantage of his skills and was more assertive game after game, I’d feel differently. But, that is not the case.
So, any contending team would love to have Green as their third or fourth option, and the Wizards could be a candidate to acquire Green’s services. Since Washington was able to see his abilities first-hand, it may be realistic to think the Celtics would get some value in return. Washington has a a young player that would be perfect for the rebuilding Celtics in Otto Porter Jr.