Celtics’ Jeff Green Steps up with Rondo out
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers could see Jeff Green hanging his head after missed shots, even as his on-court production began to rise. So Rivers, who has rode Green as hard as anyone about his inconsistencies and untapped potential, sought out the 26-year-old forward to deliver a powerful message.
One of them. For Boston newcomers, there is no more daunting challenge than acclimatizing to playing alongside Boston’s core veterans. Even the most confident of players struggle to carve out a role while determining how to share shots and complement the likes of Pierce, Garnett and Rajon Rondo.
Start with the basics: In the 17 games since Rondo was lost for the season, Green is averaging 14.8 points over 31 minutes per game, shooting 50.8 percent from the field overall. His plus/minus — once maybe the biggest indictment against him given that his teams perennially performed better without him on the floor — is a key selling point. Over the past 17 games, Boston is 2.6 points per 48 minutes better with Green on the floor compared to when he’s on the bench, according to NBA’s StatsCube. Individually, Green is plus-62 during that stretch (by means of comparison, typical Boston plus/minus leader Garnett is plus-56 in that same span).