It’s only been a week since the Celticsacquired Jeff Green, but the Celtics are already trying to figure out one small problem: What are they going to do with him? Honestly, Doc Rivers doesn’t really know the answer to that yet. He has slotted him in behind Paul Pierce at the small forward spot, but beyond that, the coach is looking for more ways to utilize his new 6-foot-9 player.
This is the problem with being “multi-dimensional,” the trait most often ascribed to Green, as opposed to singularly awesome. Troy Murphy can make 3’s and rebound. Nenad Krstic is a nice offensive player and a big body.
Green is something else and Rivers and his coaching staff have to identify and unlock the dimensions they want to utilize. Is it his ability to create his own shot, something the second unit desperately needs? Should Rivers try to take advantage of his quickness at the four, or his size at the three?
“I haven’t figured out how to use Jeff yet,” Rivers said Thursday after the team ran through practice at Waltham. “I’ve got to figure that out quickly.”
This is where you insert the line: Jack of all trades, master of none. And that's not to say it's necessarily a bad thing that Jeff can do a lot. He'll do pretty well for himself being versatile. Delonte West prides himself in being able to do a lot of things.
But just because he CAN do a million different things doesn't mean he SHOULD do all of them. He was brought in here to fill a specific role (in my opinion). He's supposed to be Paul Pierce's back up. We really shouldn't be tinkering TOO much with these roles right now because the playoffs will be here before you know it.
Of course, it would be interesting to see Doc go big and play Green at the 2. Or go small and play him at the 4. And THAT'S where it gets dicey. We're going to start using the word "versatile" too much and its going to turn into an ugly word.
Keep it simple Doc.. let this kid learn one thing and do that very well… and then worry about re-signing him and teaching him more next year (if we are inclined to keep him).
If you want more from Flannery about Jeff Green… we went into some detail about him last night on The Two Man Game. Ummm… pay not attention to the (again) screwed up beginning of the show. I swear, I'll get the hang of this thing eventualy. Flanns comes in halfway through the show.
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On Page 2: Baby's been dealing with knee pain all year
An MRI yesterday indicated no damage beyond tendinitis, which he said has affected him since Game 7 of last year’s Finals.
“There’s no swelling, just a sore tendon,’’ Davis said. “I’ve been playing with it all year, it’s just getting worse.’’
Davis felt pain as he jumped for a dunk with 41 seconds remaining. He took several steps, then fell to the floor before being helped to the locker room. Only Davis, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce have played all 59 games this season.
“I kind of wanted to play the whole season,’’ Davis said. “I tried the best I can. We’ve just got to get healthy for the playoffs. It’s a sigh of relief, but you don’t want to be hurt, you don’t want to sit out. But it could be worse. I’m just glad I’m here and getting ready to play.’’
“I always look at it, the No. 1 quality to a great player in the NBA is availability,’’ said coach Doc Rivers. “You look at the great ones, they’re always available. So, Baby’s done a great job of that. They have higher pain thresholds, block it out and play. Baby’s been able to do that and that’s a big step for him.’’
This was another topic we mentioned last night.
Glen Davis' shooting has tailed off dramatically. His play in the Utah game was just awful. So we asked Flannery what was up and he said he thought Baby was hurt.
Well… there you go. He's been dealing with the knee issue all year long and now it's really bugging him.
On this one I can speak from experience… because I've been dealing with patellar tendinitis for about 15 years now. Hell, it'll be tough to find a basketball player who hasn't dealt with it at some point. It hurts like hell, but you can deal with it. He just needs to ice that sucker down… A LOT… and wear a knee strap on it and he'll manage just fine.
From now on, though, just lay it in Glen.
Related links: ESPN Boston: Davis to sit with knee tendinitis | WEEI: Davis will miss a week but he's ticked he won't play all 82 | CSNNE: Baby's injury nothing serious | Herald: Sigh of relief by Glen Davis
The rest of the links:
ESPN Boston: Homecoming for Adrien | Feet already wet, Murphy dives into playbook | C's make Pavlovic signing official | Pierce's professional services | WEEI: What Sasha Pavlovic brings to the Celtics | What to expect from the buyouts | Ainge on Big Show: Perk's health a concern | CSNNE: West sidelined until next week | Herald: Pavolvic happy to be Green | NBA.com: Powe signing with Grizzlies | Globe: Warriors thumbnails | ESPN: Orlando comes back from 24 down to beat Miami