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Celtics fans have been waiting on Jeff Green's breakout stretch, and we all thought it had started the night he tallied 43 points against the defending champs. Unfortunately, we were sorely mistaken as he followed up a career performance with a mediocre 13 point outing at New Orleans. After that match-up with the Hornets, Green eked out two 10 point nights in both Dallas and Memphis before Boston returned home for a match-up with the New York Knicks. At that point it was clear, all Green would ever be for this team is a guy who'll come in off of the bench and give you low double digit scoring numbers. But then the Knicks game started... Sure the Celtics lost and as a unit they looked borderline pathetic but Mr. Green certainly showed up to play. He flirted with a triple double, recording 19 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in 39 minutes. The team then traveled to Cleveland and with his heart surgeon watching, Jeff figured he might have another big game. He logged 41 minutes, scoring 21 points, grabbing 7 boards, and dishing out 5 assists during that time span. Oh yeah, he also laid the ball in as time expired in the fourth quarter to give the Celtics a 93-92 victory. A victory that would ultimately snap their 5 game losing skid.  Green has played admirably in the absence of his mentor, Kevin Garnett, and I'm sure KG couldn't be happier. It was Garnett who pulled Green aside at practice and told him that he needed to be more of an ass**** on the court, and apparently Jeff listened. Green's aggression on the court has increased from what it was earlier in the year. He is fearless going to the basket, is grabbing rebounds with some consistency, and he hardly gives up ground on defense. Whenever you do those kinds of things on the floor the rest of the game just comes naturally. Hopefully, Garnett continues to deliver words of wisdom to his apprentice because Green's confidence is starting to show off the court as well, which can only mean good things for the Celtics.  Jeff Green on the game-winner in Cleveland last night at #CelticsTalk event: "I have great decoys with JET and Paul. So I want the ball."— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 28, 2013 With Green being the future of this team it is important that he continues to believe in his abilities as a basketball player. It's just as important, if not more, that his confidence stands pat going into the postseason. The Celtics are going to need Green to be an integral part of their game plan each time they take the floor. If he falters, Boston will too. However all of the pressure won't be put on Jeff but it will also fall on the shoulders of Doc Rivers. Rivers is going to have to find a way to get his emerging player a good chunk of playing time because the inconsistent minutes Green gets effect his output. Inconsistent minutes mean inconsistent numbers and that's a major reason why he has been so up and down all season long. It would be unfair for Rivers to play Green 20 minutes per game one series and then toss him out there 40 minutes a night in a series with the Heat.  The bottom line is this: As long as Jeff Green continues to play his style of basketball then there's no doubt he'll produce night in and night out. He plays within himself and doesn't try to do anything that isn't included in his game. In my opinion, Green has stopped caring. When he first got to Boston it was as if the whole weight of the world was on his shoulders since he was replacing a fan favorite in Kendrick Perkins. He had a mediocre stretch with the team that year and to make things worse he was told he would miss the entire 2011-12 season because he required open heart surgery. Now Green is back and better than ever and even though it took a while, he knows that his health isn't at risk when he plays with 110% effort. Perhaps breaking free of that mental restriction is just what the doctor ordered, no pun intended. Whatever the case may be, he's playing for both himself and the name on the front of the jersey. He's ignoring the critics and he's doing his thing when his number is called. You can't ask much more than that.  I'm excited to see Jeff with some swagger in his step. It's clear that he is a vital part of both Boston's short and long-term plans. Given the right amount of minutes and an unlimited amount of confidence, there's no reason why Jeff couldn't average 20 and 10. Keep an eye on him as the Celtics play their way down the stretch, I have a feeling the best has yet to come from the young, self-assured man out of Georgetown.  Follow @MacLean_Tim !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://www.celticsspot.com//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");
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