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GREEN DOING IT ALL: Taking advantage of Paul Pierce‘s night off, Green started at the small forward spot and came through with another strong outing, putting in a preseason-high 25 points. Green brought forth a very balanced offensive game, as he mixed in sleek and strong drives to the rim with a flurry of jumpers from the perimeter. He connected on three of his five 3-point attempts, and 10 of his 16 field goal attempts overall. He also added six rebounds — an area he said before the preseason that he wanted to see improvement in. Add in a steady defensive showing, including the aforementioned block on Thompson, along with a fourth-quarter assist to Courtney Lee that helped Boston run away with this thing, and it was a very respectable all-around performance for Green.
Due to parental obligations (we watched this), I was unable to join last night’s Celtics game until the start of the 4th quarter. When I asked for an update via Twitter, I was greeted with exuberance about Jeff Green and his monster block.
Green logged a hefty 38 minutes and, just as Greg Payne describes above, he did everything. He’s playing with such a calm confidence this entire preseason. There are no flashes of great play. Just great play.
Even the Celtics most irrational fan is getting excited:
Spare me the “it’s only preseason” talk. If Green delivers half of what he’s doing now against the NBA’s best, then this Celtics team will be far superior to last year’s team.
I haven’t been Green’s biggest supporter. But I’m ready to eat a big steaming pile of crow.
Related: CSNNE – Green putting it all together
The rest of the links:
Herald – Doc gives positive prognosis | Melo is Fab 5 of future | Celtics rally from 20 down, beat Knicks | Globe – Why Doc wouldn’t want to coach Team USA (Sunday notes) | Rookie grabbing attention | ESPN Boston – Collins ready when time comes |