In the last eight games, Jeff Green has become a rising star (for lack of a better term) off the bench for the Boston Celtics. During the last two weeks he’s increased his season average for points per game, and in the previous three games he’s averaged 18 points. It’s not just his offense that’s made him a factor in the past few weeks, his defense has been exceptional, especially when he covered LeBron James down the stretch in the win over the Miami Heat. Jeff Green is certainly playing with more confidence, and with most of his offensive production coming from him creating his own offense, he’s slowly but surely becoming more of a sixth man or go-to guy off the bench than a role player.
However, Green does have some tendencies to turn the ball over in certain situations, and thats been a problem for a while now. His outside shooting has gotten much better, and when he drives to the hoop, not many players can stop him due to his length. Green’s defense as of late has been underrated. While we’re in awe of his athleticism and offensive power when taking it to the rim, his defense has consistently been strong, defending some of the more decent threats at the forward positions.
If Green is given more playing time down the stretch and throughout the course of the game, he could gain a lot of confidence in himself and probably perform at the level many fans thought he would when he was drafted in 2007. Green is a capable scorer and defender, but because he came in halfway through the season in 2011, and missed the entire season last year, fans have been somewhat disappointed in him. Right now, we’re seeing what Danny Ainge saw when he pulled off the Kendrick Perkins trade. Now, I’m not saying that it was the right move, but seeing that the trade that brought Green here happened two years ago, it’s probably time to embrace what we’re currently seeing.
The Boston Celtics are going to need Jeff Green to step up now that Leandro Barbosa joins Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger on the season ending injury list. Can Green be that guy who can help Boston get far in the playoffs? Possibly, but he’s going to need help from players like Jason Terry, Chris Wilcox, Avery Bradley, and Courtney Lee who will be heavily relied upon to help Boston secure victories.