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Forward Jeff Green nearly carried the Boston Celtics to a win over the Miami Heat.
The Boston Celtics showed they still provide problems for the Miami Heat on Monday night even without Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett on the floor. Despite the consensus that the Celtics are an aging, slow team, they showed that they can match the Heat by pushing the ball up the floor and beating the Heat in transition.
In the past, both Rondo and Garnett gave Erik Spoelstra and the Heat coaching staff fits because the Heat did not have anyone who could defend them even in a half-court offense. If Spoelstra put LeBron James on Rondo, then Rondo would be able to find a smaller defender such as Mario Chalmers on Paul Pierce or getting screened to free up former Celtic Ray Allen.
Jeff Green rose to the occasion in the 105-103 loss to the Heat on Monday and gave Celtics fans a glimpse of what could have been if Green did not have an aortic aneurysm in his heart last year. Like Rondo, Green can match the athleticism and size of James and Dwyane Wade. Green is 6-9, 235-pounds with the ability to be a top player in the NBA. These intangibles were why then-Seattle SuperSonics and current Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti traded Allen for Green during the NBA Draft in 2007. Green has never been an aggressive scorer despite leading Georgetown to the Final Four in 2007. When the Thunder could not afford to keep Green, Presti sent him back to the Celtics for Kendrick Perkins in 2011. What Green gave the Celtics on Monday night is exactly what Danny Ainge and former Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan were saying when they received the most talented player in that deal. The Thunder may have benefited in the short term with Perkins’ interior defense and the lunch-pail mentality that he brings to the court. The Celtics were just unlucky with Green’s heart condition or else they could have went to the NBA Finals last year.
With Garnett out, Green had his two highest scoring outputs of the season when he scored 31 points against the Phoenix Suns on February 22nd and 43 points against the Heat. Green was inserted into the starting lineup in both games. The natural inclination is to put Green at the “4” while Garnett mans the center position. This would weaken the reserve unit with just Jason Terry as the only consistent scorer. Doc Rivers said defenses are not going to change during the regular season. Green thrives in one-on-one situations and he is better suited to play the “4.” Teams with size like the New Orleans Hornets are going to attack with their bigger forwards against Green. The Hornets continued to go to Ryan Anderson, who is 6-10, on Wednesday night.
In the playoffs, the Celtics could put Green on the court earlier in the game and play him 25-30 minutes. If the Celtics have a mismatch, they need to keep feeding Green the ball. Early on Monday night, Green missed a couple of shots early from the perimeter, but he was able to attack the basket. The Heat had trouble stopping Green when he went right. He is faster than most power forwards and centers. When smaller defenders are facing him, Green can use his size.
The Celtics will most likely have a nine-man rotation with Green, Terry, Jordan Crawford, and Chris Wilcox as the key contributors off the bench in the postseason.
Like last year, the Celtics could be the only team that stands in the way of the Heat from asserting its dominance in the league. All of the other teams that are ahead of the Celtics are either dealing with injuries of their own or they are not nearly as experienced as the Celtics. They will need the versatile Green to perform like he did and to hope Pierce and Garnett can stay on the court.
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"That's like taking away from a pitcher that...throws a no-hitter. Obviously he's not going to be able to throw a no-hitter every time, and then the next outing he goes out and gives up six runs and you say, 'Which guy is he? -Danny Ainge on Jeff Green's performance last night
Last night's 43 point scoring night by Jeff Green was one of the most unexpected...
Well, that was awkward.
Just two days after the world could not stop singing the Celtics’ praises after a loss, of all things, the green team went out Wednesday and laid an egg in the second half in the Big Easy. With the aid of a putrid third quarter, in which they shot 5-for-18 and mustered all of 12 points, the Celtics squandered a comfortable lead for the second time in two...
[caption id="attachment_58828" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Was Jeff Green's big game against the Miami Heat his coming out party? (photo credit: boston.com)[/caption] What Will Jeff Green Be Able to Give the Boston Celtics From Here on Out? Jeff Green is 26 years old. He was drafted nearly six years ago, in July of 2007. Green is discussed...
Jeff Green had 43 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots in the Boston Celtics' 105-103 loss to Heat on Monday.
8 a.m. ET: Jeff Green probably will not score 43 points again, so we can safely put aside that possibility now.
The biggest question entering this game, then, is whether Kevin Garnett will play. The Big Ticket missed the last two games, including Monday’s two-point loss to the Heat, with a thigh injury and an illness. Garnett reportedly made the trip to New Orleans, so he should...
9:35: The Celtics continued their aggressive play in tonight's first quarter. It could've been better, but I'll still take their current 31-22 lead. Jeff Green is playing well again tonight, leading the C's with 11 points. Pierce has also chipped in 6. Keep watching, this should be a good one.
We’ve got ourselves a new candidate for worst loss of the season, folks.
After a pretty comfortable first and sloppy, but still positive second, the Celtics came out in the third quarter and absolutely sucked. They got down as much as 9 in the 4th before coming back to take a 5 point lead with 1:32 left. But they never scored again, New Orleans went on a 6-0 run over the last...
The Boston Celtics-Miami Heat matchup had it all.
One team came in boasting a historical winning streak, while the other continued to defy the odds with every passing week.
One team sat atop the Eastern Conference, while the other was busy fighting and clawing its way up the standings.
One team featured arguably the best player in the NBA right now, while the other featured a former...
Well, great. Tonight, the Celtics play the Mavericks down in Dallas. Boy, I just can't wait to watch them struggle against another awful team. This last week really only had one hard game scheduled(the Heat game), which they lost. I'm fine with that one, but not the close home wins or the loss in New Orleans. Anyway, if they attempt to follow these five things they might...
Danny Ainge went on "The Big Show" this afternoon and talked about the suddenly struggling C's. Ben Rohrbach of WEEI.com's 'Green Street' broke down the interview here (link), and in it Ainge spoke about the recent play of Jeff Green, and whether or not he should be playing more.
I think Jeff is starting to prove and has proven to Doc that he deserves...
As a very fair skinned, freckly and tall guy (makes me closer to the sun) I have had my problems beating the heat. One time in college (I went to UNCW so on the beach) I got burnt so bad on my legs it made me get shaky and more loopy than Joseph Gordon-Levitt. My friends thought I pulled an Ewan McGregor and snuck in some heroin. Suffice to say, I got some serious additional freckling...
The New Orleans Hornets defeated the Boston Celtics 87 to 86 at the New Orleans arena tonight. In a classic hangover game for the C’s, they looked a little drained from tip-off. They had a small lead going into the half, but then decided to do the OPPOSITE of what the Heat did in the second half and not score at all. This woeful offensive showing let the Hornets back in the game...
Mavericks 104, Celtics 94
While most basketball fans tuned into the second day of what is sure to be an electrifying NCAA Tournament, the Celtics (36-32) continued to struggle. For the first time since Rajon Rondo tore his ACL on January 27th, this team has lost three straight contests, and they appeared particularly out of sync during Friday night’s loss in Dallas. Boston is now...