Tonight, Jeff Green will get another crack at guarding the best player of his generation.
The last time Boston played Miami, a double overtime thriller in January, Green was given the unenviable task of guarding LeBron James and he actually did well at it. Sure, James had 34 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists, but as ESPN's Chris Forsberg points out:
The main face of Boston's defensive effort against James in that game was Jeff Green, who embraced the challenge of checking arguably the NBA's best player and did a commendable job of forcing James into jump shots and denying him clear paths to the basket. Of the 31 shots James took in that game, 19 came outside of the lane, and he took just five free throws.
If Kevin Garnett doesn't play because of a strained left adductor, Green should start and get an early crack at James. That would help take the stress off of Paul Pierce to have to guard "The King," but not having defensive leader Garnett on the floor will make everyone else ...