With the Celtics now missing Rondo’s 13.7 ppg, Boston will now have to look to someone else on the roster to supply those points. As crazy as it may sound, Jeff Green could be a good candidate. Green has the skills to be a 15 to 20 ppg type player, but he’s been extremely inconsistent, even before being traded to Boston. Now that someone needs to step up, the door is open for anyone, and on Sunday, Jeff Green took one step forward.
In Sunday’s game against the Miami Heat, Jeff Green played absolutely tremendous. While Green only scored 11 points in the game, he always seemed to come up big on both ends of the court. His defense on LeBron James was crucial in the closing minutes of the 2nd overtime, and without someone of his length, the Celtics could have lost that game. Offensively, Green was quiet until he made a few clutch shots in the fourth quarter. The problem with Green’s offense is that he’s passive most of the time, and when he’s aggressive not many players can stop him.
With Doc Rivers looking to the bench for someone who can supply Rondo’s points, Green has a great opportunity to show his worth. Most likely, his playing time will be increased because on occasion he’s brought the ball up the court and played a point-forward role. Personally, I’d like to see the ball in Green’s hands more as he can drive to the basket and his extension is a major advantage when he gets close to the hoop. If he would use his athletic ability more like we’ve seen in spurts from him this season, not only would he energize the team, but because he’d be taking it to the hoop, players like Paul Pierce and Courtney Lee would get open shots on the perimeter.
It’s Jeff Green’s time to shine now. In my opinion, this is his last shot to prove that he can play and make us forget about the Kendrick Perkins trade. Green is the only player off the bench who can supply the energy and create loud dunks. In Rondo’s absence, I hope he can step up in a big way and help lead this team forward.