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Your Morning Dump… Where Doc Rivers has a lot of faith in Jeff Green

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“I had drawn up another play and Armond Hill walked over and — he rarely does it — he said, ‘Hey, listen, the play you drew up from the first half worked, let’s run it again,’” explained Rivers. “And so I switched to the play he wanted me to run. And it was great, it worked out perfectly.”

Rivers had debated going with a straight pick-and-roll with Green and Garnett, hoping Green’s size and athleticism could force a mismatch. But, with Hill’s prodding, he elected to run Green off a back pick from Paul Pierce, who perfectly pinned David West, allowing Green to curl free to the rim after giving Garnett the ball at the left elbow.

Garnett: “I saw Jeff Green open at the basket, and then I saw help come across the baseline. I thought I had a little bit extra on it, but he was open off the initial [move]. I just had to make sure he took the corner and I hit him with the pass. The first time I did it in the first quarter, I noticed, obviously Hibbert is a very long guy. … I noted to myself to wait until Jeff turned the corner and the guy’s hands go down. Second time, I just did that. I pump-faked and his hands went up, I saw his adjustment … and threw it right over the top of his hands to Jeff. Jeff made a tough, difficult layup for the game.”

Green: “I had to come down with it first. The pass was high and I knew I had to come down, gather myself and go up strong. … I wanted the ball. But I had to be a great decoy and, like always, all the attention went to Paul and Kev. They doubled Kev on the pass and Kev made a great pass over the double-team. I went up, tried to go up strong and win it. … I’m really happy it went in. Great pass by Kev, great execution by us. It was a great draw-up by Doc.”

ESPN Boston – Breaking down Green’s game winner

Props to Doc Rivers for drawing up that great play  and for listening to the advice of assistant coach Armond Hill.

I would have bet my children’s college fund (which currently sits at $37) on a Paul Pierce/Kevin Garnett pick-and-roll/pop set on the final possession. Because we had to suffer through a Pierce isolation/contested jumper twenty seconds earlier, I had no reason to believe we’d see anything different.

But Doc Rivers wanted the ball in Jeff Green’s hands. Green wasn’t the hot hand (11 points, 5-14 FG), but Doc trusted him one-on-one against David West or Roy Hibbert.

Green deserves the trust. He’s averaging more than 15 points on 50% shooting in February and March.

And while I’m doling out gratitudes, how about Pierce basking in the role of decoy?

The fan reactions in that photo are priceless.

Related: Globe – Green enjoyed having final say | Herald – For C’s, play’s the thing Celts go Green | CSNNE – Green: I wanted the ball | WEEI – The true brilliance of Doc Rivers

The Celtics team defense – execution and strategy – deserves recognition. CSNNE’s Sherrod Blakely sheds light on a new hybrid scheme:

Because for the second time in as many nights, Boston’s ability to mix its man coverage with zone principles — or man principles with zone coverage depending on which side of the coin you’re staring at — has been a big part of the C’s success of late and was certainly a major factor in their 83-81 win over Indiana Wednesday night.

Boston’s defense in the fourth was phenomenal in limiting the Pacers to 4-for-20 shooting from the field, and scoreless for the final 4:36 of play.

“We were laughing,” Rivers recalled. “Someone called it a man-zone. We were half-zone, half-man … it was almost silly, it really was but it was really good.”

Rivers added, “We went into a time-out (on Wednesday), any pick-and-roll, we’re man (defensively). Any ball swing, we’re zone. They (Celtics players) figured it out. We’ve been doing that a lot lately.”

Dare I say the defense (7th in overall def efficiency) is championship-caliber? I think so.

It’s the offense and depth that hold this team back.

The rest of the links:

Globe – Celtics win out in end | ESPN Boston – Pierce battles bone bruise | Hanging around |  Herald – Garnett hits Top 10 (rebounds) | CSNNE – Green, Bradley come thru in win | Doc: If you can get home court, you want it | Williams knows to stay ready |

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  • $tephanie95

    Great job, especially Jeff! As fans we’re sooo quick to throw a player away when things don’t look well (thank goodness GM’s and coaches don’t listen to, but each game Jeff is getting more and more confident and you can tell that he’s getting the trust of Doc, PP, and KG.

  • Rain

    Good piece. This sums this game and the defense happening lately up.

  • Eddie Allen Powe

    What? the last play wasn’t drawn up for a step-back jumper by Pierce??

    • $tephanie95

      I bet it was, but Armond probably was like “Hell naw…we aint doing this tonight”

  • KGino

    More Jeff Green less Bass

  • MC

    Props to JET for 2 key steals late in the game. Great team win.

  • Rondos #1 Fan

    Jeff’s reaction is priceless…he deserved for that to go in! Amazing game considering it was 5 on 8 most of the game

  • RedsLoveChild

    Was fully expecting to see what we always see in that situation—Pierce dribbling the clock down from 30 feet away, then is forced to launch a contested, desperation heave that barely draws iron.

    Austin Rivers was in diapers the last time that play worked!

  • Now can we please sit Pierce against Atlanta and a dozen other teams down the stretch w/ KG also in street clothes … Then maybe just maybe we will have a go to scorer in Green and 2 healthy old dogs to give us a shot in a 7 game series … We should want Miami in round 1 !!! Our best chance to beat them is when we are fresh! Even better would be to Harlem Shake on their home court after clinching series!

    • LAF

      if u think pp is going to pass up an opportunity to build on court chemistry with the guys with four new faces and will sit on his ass instead, you obviously haven’t followed pp’s career much.

  • wil333

    Hope to see more from DJ WHite, the guy plays with intensity. And unlike bass he doesnt get bullied by height outof rebounds and he can actually block a shot

  • Curt

    I recall the announcers talking about how Pierce was smiling as he walked past the booth before that last play. I wonder if he was smiling because he expected something awesome. I hope it isn’t a tell for the future…

  • Larry Legend

    Are we all finally realizing that the celtics got the hands down better player in the perk/green deal?

    • d

      people will fail to admit it until green win’s a championship or averages 25 & 8. I always believed we got the best of the deal (especially if we kept Kristic) it just was going to take time for green to transition from PF to SF and pick up the system.