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Your Morning Dump… Where Jeff Green was nearly a complete a-hole last night

Chuck - Red's Army October 31, 2013 Celtics News, Jeff Green, The Morning Dump 10 Comments

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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.

Green didn’t just finish 8-of-16 shooting from the floor, he got the foul line for nine attempts (making seven) and rarely got caught waiting for the game to come to him. Thrust into the role of shooting guard in Boston’s big lineup — which often left him covering Toronto’s talented tandem of Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan – Green still found the energy to attack offensively, giving Boston much-needed scoring jolts.

The advanced stats are more encouraging than the standard line. Green accounted for a team-high 21 plays finished, generating 1.19 points per possession, according to Synergy Sports data. He generated points off 57.1 percent of his finished possessions, drew shooting fouls on 23.8 percent of his touches, and limited his turnovers (1) on a night the Celtics as a whole were sloppy with the ball. Green was plus-8 overall in plus/minus.

“I was kind of zoned out,” said Green. “Going into the game, I just told myself, put your head down and drive. Be aggressive. And, if I play hard, the offense will come, but I wanted to focus on defense. I was guarding DeMar, he’s a great player. I just wanted to try to be aggressive and put them on their heels.”

ESPN Boston

A year ago Kevin Garnett said that Jeff Green was too nice a guy and needed to be an asshole on the court. Green obliged last night. He was aggressive, efficient and effective in the season opening loss to Toronto.

But Green needs to be a bigger a-hole. I’m talking complete a-hole. Take another 4, 5, 6 shots a game. They don’t even need to be good shots. Anything from Green is better than offerings from Jordan Crawford, Courtney Lee and Avery Bradley.

Green in full a-hole mode won’t be enough to carry the Celtics to any success this season. But if he can learn to be an a-hole night in and night out, he’ll carve a permanent space on this evolving roster.

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston  - Stevens finds silver linings | Raptors 93 – Celtics 87 | CSNNE – Green takes reins in opening lossOlynyk diary: It all begins for real | Faverani starts in opener | Herald – Forgotten C’s start slow | Globe – Green Celtics drop opener |

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  • Thetruth34__

    Lets just hope he keeps playing like a-hole because we need him to score most of our points and guard Lebron , Melo , KD and (so sad ) Paul Pierce.

  • adam

    There was a couple times where he look like that he got destroyed under the basket and the refs didn’t blow a whistle. Was watching it online so I couldn’t see the replay. I enjoyed last nights game. How about that Philly game last night?

    • eddysamson

      The Philly game and the Lakers/Clippers game both made me so happy

  • bill_nair

    Wish i got to watch the game last night. This is what we need from Jeff Green and like you said, he should take 4 or 5 more shots a night. Hes our best offensive player and needs to carry himself as such.

  • piecz

    Crawford actually was pretty good yesterday. Handled the ball well and made right plays.

  • Frank Aziza

    He needs to be a twenty something scorer in this league. If he can do that and rondo returns to rondo form the future championship celtics team will be easier and faster to put together. Throw in a sully and we are a lottery pick and a free agent away.

  • MrCuret

    If Green keeps this up (hopefully he will) once Rondo comes back they’ll be fine. It also hurt that Sullinger didn’t play, he would’ve help them, especially in the rebounding dept. I’d like to see him paired with Humphries at the 4 & 5 respectively.

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  • frickenWaaaltah

    Had to look up who it was but about a month ago posters Ayo and Robert Hodgman called the Jeff at 2 thing. DeRozan is one of the best match-ups for doing it but it will be interesting to see how much Stevens goes there.

  • elgirrl

    Jeff Green playing to potential last night was a nice surprise. The other happy surprise was Vitor Faverani.