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Call it a hunch, but I'm guessing the Celtics are glad they signed this Jeff guy in the offseason.So this Jeff Green guy, am I right? He might not be too bad.The Celtics gave up most of an 18-point lead tonight against the Pistons, but held on to win in unpleasantly dramatic fashion 98-93. The Pistons absolutely smashed the Celtics on the boards, ripping down 25 offensive rebounds to Boston’s 34 OVERALL. Greg Monroe was particularly beastly, securing 17 rebounds and eight offensive, while ex-UConn-ers Charlie Villanueva (ugh) and Andre Drummond both pitched in nine.Fortunately for Boston, Jeff Green shook off a bad performance in Minnesota and came out firing, and I don’t mean firing like “he was taking a lot of shots,” but firing like “he has actual flames shooting out of his hands and ass.” On some nights, Green is efficient because he shoots solely layups, 3-pointers and free throws, the three most efficient shots in basketball. Other nights, he’s efficient because he’s hitting everything from everywhere, including mid-range. Tonight was one of those nights.On to the bullets:Here’s something worth watching: Rajon Rondo participated in a shootaround pre-game and joked around with some Globetrotters. Rondo has an enormous brace on his leg, and he certainly isn’t jumping on his shots, but it’s still good just to see him on the court. An interesting note: Players who have torn their ACL’s sometimes come back as better shooters since A) They build the muscles around their knee, which gives them more lift on the jumper and B) They have nothing better to work on for the better part of nine months. Something to keep an eye on.The Celtics clinched their sixth consecutive playoff appearance tonight. Commence tanking/moving up theories as you wish.Since the Celtics were handing out second chance opportunities like a garage band hands out fliers, it’s a good thing the Pistons were stab-your-eye-out-with-a-gardening-tool awful from the floor (36% overall, 16.7% from 3-point range). The main offenders: Charlie Villanueva (2-17), Rodney Stuckey (5-16) and Brandon Knight (2-10, including the best/worst missed layup of the year).Even against a bad team like the Pistons, you want to give the Celtics credit for holding them to 36% shooting. You really do. But a good defensive trip turns into a bad one if the opposing team grabs the offensive rebound and scores, and that happened way, way too much tonight. Boston can’t be a good defensive team until they hit the defensive glass more consistently, and that probably doesn’t happen until KG returns and shores up the defensive rotations. For now, everyone looks out of place and confused every time a shot goes up.Paul Pierce returned and put up inefficient numbers (17 points, 5-14 shooting from the field), but nobody really cared since it was just nice to see him back on the floor. Post-game, he revealed that he just had a son, named Prince Paul Pierce. Related: Paul Pierce just won the “Name Your Son” game.Lost in Jeff Green’s nuclear detonation all over everything: Brandon Bass scored 17 points on just eight field goal attempts.Courtney Lee constantly (CONSTANTLY) puts his left foot back a step when he starts to drive. This isn’t a problem when he’s above the break, but considering that many of his drives to the basket start in the corner, it leads to a lot of turnovers stepping on the sideline. I’ve never understood why players need to step back to start a drive, but Lee needs to break the habit as badly as anyone.That will have to do it for tonight. The Celtics get another home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. Whether or not Boston wants to win remains to be seen.Follow Tom on Twitter: @Tom_NBA.
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Jeff Green has been playing the basketball of his life. His emergence is one of the few positive signs that the Celtics nation can hold onto going into the Playoffs. How well has he been playing? Steve Bulpett of Boston Herald has an interesting piece of stats:
Green is averaging 21.4 points in his 10 games as a starter, a figure that would make him the Celtics’ overall leader...
Iron Man did it again! Jeff Green has put up another monstrous performance with 34 points (13-19 FG), 6 rebounds and 4 blocks and the Celtics avoided getting swept by the Pistons in regular season for the first time since 2006-07. Green's numbers are impressive by themselves, but it should also be mentioned that a few of those points and rebounds were really, really crucial....
Jeff Green has been all smiles since March hitDoc Rivers spoke in practice about Green’s starting gig once KG gets back, saying that he has wanted to start the Georgetown product for quite some time, but his play has only recently justified that decision (via ESPN Boston):“I was hoping (to start Green consistently at some point),” Rivers said. “That was my intention. We weren’t...
Iron Man Jeff Green came to play last night, registering 34 points (on 13-of-19 shooting, including 3-of-4 from behind the arc), 6 rebounds and 4 blocks in leading the Celtics past the Pistons, 98-93. Green's been on a tear in the past 10 games (featuring 8 starts), averaging 21.6 points, 5.5 boards, 3.2 assists and 1.6 blocks as his confidence clearly develops. And while...
8 a.m. ET: The last time the Celtics and Cavaliers met up, Jeff Green provided a thrilling ending. The Celtics would probably prefer if things were not so exciting this time.
Having snapped their two-game losing streak with a victory over the Pistons on Wednesday, the Celtics (39-36) are back in action. Their opponent is the Cavs (22-52), who are having a forgettable season despite...
Jeff Green scored 23 points and Shavlik Randolph contributed with a carrer-high 16 points, but it wasn't enough as theCavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 97-91. Jared Weiss from CLNS Radio recaps the game in tonight's Three at the Buzzer.
Jeff Green scored 34 points, including a 3-pointer with 45 seconds left to snap Boston's two-minute scoring drought, and the Celtics clinched a playoff berth by beating the Detroit Pistons 98-93 on Wednesday night.
Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass scored 17 apiece for the Celtics, who had lost two in a row and seven of their previous nine. But the victory, coupled with Philadelphia...
The Celtics returned home to take on the Detroit Pistons Wednesday night at the TD Garden. With a win tonight and a 76er loss on the road the Celtics would clinch a playoff spot. The team did just that but they sure don't make things easy on themselves. Led by a huge night from Jeff Green, who finished with 34 points, the Celtics snuck by Detroit 98-93.
The Pistons really...
Jeff Green has made quite a name for himself while helping fill in for the injured Kevin Garnett.
He may need to step up even more with Paul Pierce banged up, too.
Green looks to build on another terrific effort as the playoff-bound Boston Celtics host the Cleveland Cavaliers, who try to avoid an 11th consecutive loss Friday night.
Green, who burst onto the scene with a career...
It's always sad for me to see fans rooting for a loss in order to tank for a better draft choice. I've never quite been able to get to the point where I want my team to lose, for any reason. I can understand other fans not liking Tommy's Celtics homerism, but to wish harm on him is pretty classless. The guy has 10 rings as both player and coach and has forgotten...
BOSTON — The doubts are raised after every disappointing shooting night. In some cases, they pop up even more suddenly, such as any offensive possession that passes without a replay-worthy dunk. Jeff Green exists in only two versions in the eyes of some observers: the game-dominating freak of nature or the milquetoast waste of four years and $36 million weighing down a Celtics...
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The Boston Celtics’ forthcoming future ultimately weighs on the remaining games on their schedule, and specifically how the newcomers and veterans on the team can collaborate to flash off the true Celtic green.
Whether Kevin Garnett returns to the line up remains to be at question, but what is known is the camaraderie and chemistry...
First off, it was great to hear that the whole team, Rajon Rondo, Sully, and KG included were on the court today as the Celtics honored members of the military. The photo above shows members of the Air Force presenting a flag that was flown in the Middle East to Doc and the team.
Second, Paul Pierce didn't practice today, but it wasn't related to the personal reasons that...
One teeny, tiny silver lining for Celtic fans as they watch their team limp to the finish line of the 2012-13 regular season: Boston is aiding its draft status without sacrificing its playoff seeding (at least for the moment while keeping eighth-seeded Milwaukee at arm’s length).
ESPN Boston: One upside to losing
As is the case whenever things look bleak, many are resorting...
The Celtics drop the back end of a back-to-back and they'll return to Boston having lost both games of this small road trip. The loss tonight means that the Celtics are now 38-36 and it's pretty safe to say they won't be catching the Atlanta Hawks in this year's playoff race. Instead, they might start trending downward as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Charlotte...