BOSTON — Anyone who claims that a dunk is only worth two points has never been in the building when a player delivered a true facial to a helpless defender.
Jeff Green produced just such a highlight-reel dunk on Wednesday, when the reserve forward bulled into the lane, elevated over Al Jefferson and slammed the ball home over the reeling Utah Jazz center. The TD Garden crowd erupted in cheers, which turned to boos when Green was whistled for a technical foul for briefly staring down Jefferson after the dunk.
In the immediate aftermath of the dunk, however, Green did not hear the crowd or the whistle. He only heard a teammate offering him a few four-letter words of encouragement.
“I heard Kevin Garnett,” Green said after the Celtics’ 98-93 win. “Use your imagination and just think of Kevin Garnett. It was explicit. He said it to me the other day, what I need to be, and that’s basically what he said.”
Garnett told reporters earlier in the week that Green was too “nice” and that Green ...