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Celtics Player Focus: Jeff Green’s Roller Coaster Ride

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These last two weeks have been like a roller coaster ride for Jeff Green. His stats have just not been consistent. One game he would get 20-plus points, and the next he would just have a bad day. While every player will have his days from time to time, Green needs to be consistent throughout the whole season.

On Nov. 4, the Celtics took on the Memphis Grizzlies. Green was benched in the previous game due to his horrible performance, and hoped he could turn it around against the Grizzlies. Green put 11 points in 11 minutes for the Celtics in the first quarter. He wasn’t looking bad at all, ending the night with 22 points in the game in 40 minutes of playing time. The Celtics lost that game, though, to put them in a 4-game closing streak.

Next up, the winless Celtics and Jazz hit the floor. Would the C’s get their first win? Yes, thanks in large part to Jeff Green, who put his work in with 18 points in the game. The Celtics won their first game of the season and were looking to move forward.

In the first few weeks of the season, the Celtics played the Orlando Magic twice. In these two games against the Magic, Green averaged 13 points per game. In Game 1 of the matchup, Green threw down a monster dunk on Jason Maxiell, but only ended up with 10 points. In the second game, Green had 16 points. With strong efforts from Green, the Celtics went 2-0 against Orlando.

Before game 2 against the Magic, Green was up against LeBron James and needed to have a strong effort to give his team a chance. In the beginning of the game, Green drove into the basket and threw down a slam dunk over Shane Battier. I am more surprised Battier didn’t take a charge (if you watch Heat basketball you know what I am talking about). Late in the game, the Celtics were down by 2 with 0.6 seconds to go in the fourth. Gerald Wallace was the inbounder on this play and the play was drew up to hit Green for a three in the corner. Wallace threw the ball across court where Green was barely open due to a screen on James. Green got the ball and nailed the shot as time expired, giving the Celtics a 111-110 win.

After the last Orlando game the Celtics closed in on a four-game winning streak, and they were trying to keep it going against the Bobcats. Green took five threes against the Cats, but only made one of them. Overall, Green had a solid performance with 19 points. Green’s 19 wasn’t enough to stop the Bobcats from winning.

In the next game, Green and the Celtics took on the Trailblazers. Green’s shots weren’t on target, as he only hit 4 for 12 from the floor and 0 for 4 from behind the arc. He ended with 14 points in a big loss against Portland.

I’m guessing after the Portland game, the roller coaster was going for a big drop that was unexpected. The next two games against Minnesota and Houston Green averaged three points in those two games. He combined for 2-9 from the floor in both games as well. At least in the game versus the Timberwolves, he got seven boards.

Overall, Green averaged 14.3 per game, 1.6 assist per game and 4.0 rebounds per game within the last 9  games. This roller coaster has yet to go up again. Don’t worry Celtics fans, Green’s roller coaster will have very few drops once this team is in sync.

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