Originally written April 18, 2013 on Celtics Life:
Coming into the season, one of the big question marks was what kind of player Jeff Green was going to be. Green was working his way back from heart surgery and had just signed a much criticized four-year $36 million contract. He came out of the gate slow, scoring just 8.7 ppg and 2.5 rpg in 15 games in November. But Green improved as the year went along and in the final month of the season, he was putting up near All-Star numbers scoring over 17 ppg, grabbing around 5.5 rpg and shooting 45 percent from three-point land and 49 percent from the floor in March and April. The caveat with those stats is Green did most of his damage with either Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett or both not on the floor. It's important to note, but isn't the whole story. Of course Green's numbers will go down with Pierce and Garnett in the game because they need the ball in their hands as well. What Green showed in the absence of the two future hall-of-famers was more important to the future of...
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