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Your Morning Dump… Where Jeff Green is turning a corner

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) December 10, 2012 Jeff Green, The Morning Dump 7 Comments

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

“I just went through a slump,” Green said after posting 16 points in the Celtics’ 92-79 victory over the 76ers on Saturday. “Every player goes through one. Now shots are going in for me, things are turning the corner.”

Pressed on what “turning the corner” has consisted of, Green offered, “Being aggressive, attacking the rim, getting to the free throw line, trying to make plays.”

In other words, being more assertive — a word that has almost fused itself to Green at this point. Fair or not, it’s become the most efficient way of assessing a Green performance: Was he assertive? Assertive in this case refers to Green attacking the basket, cutting through the lane without the ball, utilizing his speed in transition, and not passing up open shots.

ESPN Boston:  Jeff Green starting to settle in

“I think Jeff is just freeing himself up,” Rivers said. “He’s starting to do it and it’s really been good.”

In Boston’s last five games, Green has easily set himself apart from the rest of the Celtics backups. During that span he has scored in double figures four times while averaging 16 points and 4.2 rebounds along with shooting 54.4 percent from the field.

In the 15 games prior to that, Green averaged 7.7 points, 2.5 rebounds while shooting just 40 percent from the field.

“Jeff has just elevated his game the last couple of games, playing hard and just going at it,” Celtics big man Chris Wilcox told CSNNE.com. “I was waiting to see this part of him.”

CSNNE:  Green turning a corner lately for Celtics 

The most telling thing about Jeff Green’s is how his teammate talk about it.  When Wilcox says “I was waiting to see this part of him,” or Garnett begged him to be an asshole (or worse), it’s clear that the aggressive “attacking the rim” Jeff Green existed in there somewhere… they just needed to find it.

Well… they found it.  You’ll have to excuse me if I remain a little skeptical if it can continue.  Like the 57.1% shooting from 3 over the last 5 games… that’s not sustainable.  I do love that he’s 8-11 this year in the 4th quarter and OT from 3, though.

“Turning the corner” is a process… and Green is in the process of doing it.  It doesn’t mean it’s done, and it doesn’t mean his struggles are over.  But it does mean that Doc can point to this stretch of games and say “see what happens when you attack?”  There’s nothing like results to prove to an often passive player that being passive doesn’t suit him.

Green seems like a nice, quiet guy off the court.  What he needs to understand is that you can still be that while being a beast on it.  You just have to get into character when you put the uniform on.  He’s been doing that lately, and it’s showing great results.

Related links:  WEEI:  Jeff Green thinks “things are turning the corner” (with video)  |  Herald:  Mates confident in Jeff Green  |  MWDN: The real Jeff Green is standing up for C’s

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston: Terry Diary: On Sixers, “soft”, and Santa  |  Weekend Dime: Scout’s take on the C’s  |  Wilcox’s energy leading to easy buckets  |  On the schedule, rest, and holiday cheer  |  WEEI:  Are the Celtics finally showing “true grit”?  |  Globe: Celtics defense on the upswing  |  Zero rebounds grab KG’s attention |  MWDN:  Terry’s civil split helps Celtics

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  • JBcelticsFan

    Niceeeeeee. This is the Jeff Green the Celtics need. He gives them a different dynamic on offense. When AB comes back Terry and Green are gonna be a force off the bench. And most teams dont really have a guy to guard Green. Either they put a 4 on him and he blows by them or they put a 3 on him and he posts them up in the paint. Either way, advantage Celtics.

  • Brian

    The Jeff Green everyone is waiting for won’t truly come out until he gets 30+ mpg. He seems like the type of player that needs to feel the flow of the game by being in it, not watching on the bench. Terry is a great bench guy because he can jump right in and not miss a beat.

    Jeff Green is a starter. Has been until he came to BOS. It is a hard transition to make to bench role. That being said, he needs to make that transition (and is trying) because of Pierce.

    All in all, I don’t get why people expect Jeff to put in #’s like he did in OKC or be just as efficient in less playing time. It’s not who he is. I’m excited for the day Paul needs to rest a game and Green gets the start. The real Jeff will come out then.

    • zippittyay

      Agree. As I have said before, the best thing for JG may be to give PP some rest. Either there is something physically wrong with PP or he is just starting to show his age. Maybe both. One big weakness the Cs now have is who is going to take big shots at the end of games. I am no longer comfortable with PP’s ability to get adequate separation or blow by anyone to get to the rim. JG has to step up and be at least a legit option to take that final shot even when covered in a 1 on 1 situation.

      • LAF

        JG has always been clutch. He beat us with a corner 3 when he was in OKC 2-3 years ago. So JG is an option but in a similar way that Ray was meaning he needs to move without the ball and get open, not try to create a la Pierce. As for JG turning into a daily beast, I think he needs to go through a grueling PO series that really pisses him off. In that regard JG hasn’t really been tested.

  • GreenCro

    It seems so familiar. Like when AB got #20′s minutes
    Can’t wait for this starting 5:
    9, 0, 8, 7 & 5
    And this bench: 4, 11, 34, 30 & 44
    Woah! 18th and then some… ;)

  • RedsLoveChild

    History is usually a great predictor of the future.

    Getting your hopes up over Jeff Green has always proven to be a mistake.

    • 18rings

      “History is usually a great predictor of the future” says the guy who already labeled the celtics non-contenders this year because of their slow start (which was even slower last year).