“We haven’t really figured out Jeff and when to use Jeff or felt an urgency to go to Jeff,” said Ainge. “I think that Jeff has had some favorable matchups through the course of the game, but at the same time our main offensive sets that go through [Rajon] Rondo and Paul [Pierce] and [Kevin Garnett] are working. There’s not really a need to change what we’re doing to go there.
“I think Jeff has been inconsistent in his production and just trying to find his way. I think him more than any other player, is just trying to find where he contributes. What we need from Jeff, is we need him to play that great defense, rebound every night. There’s going to be nights where he can get that 20 points off the bench, and some nights where his number isn’t called that much,” he added. “He’s been fairly productive when we’ve called his number, but he hasn’t been a productive playing off the ball and playing off of our stars.”
Jeff Green is THE topic right now. He’s the guy everyone on TV and radio wants to talk about. And I’m not going to launch into a big thing about him because, quite frankly, what the hell else can I say? We know Doc is going to push him, and we know the entire team is playing pretty poorly, so the only thing we can do is wait to see what the results are.
It’s a bit unfair to put all of the Celtics problems on him. His contract raised expectations and makes him an easy target for the “we get four more years of this?” comments.
Everyone involved is fully aware of the situation. Doc’s got to figure out how all the pieces fit, and how to use Green properly. He’s like a Swiss Army Knife. He’s got all sorts of tools. We just need to a couple of them.
The rest of the links:
CSNNE: First year players share driving experiences | Through 4 games, issues apparent for Celtics | ESPN Boston: Rondo: I don’t have time for friends | Sullinger taking charge | WEEI: Celtics no longer intimidate NBA dregs | Doc has another unmistakable message for his team | Herald: No additional penalty for Garnett | Whatever it is, Brandon Bass’ role crucial | Globe: Celtics have an identity crisis | MWDN: Wilcox takes a step forward | Sullinger ‘starting’ to make red flag look ridiculous