Last night Jeff Green gave another breathtaking performance scoring a career high 43 points on only 21 shots. That dwarfed his stellar performance against the Phoenix Suns where he had 31 points. Green has been playing out of his mind since Rajon Rondo went down and it seems that he’ll be a permanent fixture in Boston for quite some time.
How good has Green been? He’s averaging 16 points per 36 minutes along with 4.9 rebounds on 45% shooting from the floor. Since Rondo went down, he’s averaging 17.9 points per 36 on 50% shooting along with 4.7 rebounds. He’s getting to the line 4.1 times per game since Rondo went down and is shooting nearly 40% from beyond the arch.
Per 100 possessions Green has scored 25.1 points per game with Rondo hurt. He’s got a true shooting percentage of 60.3%, an eFG% of 54.5 and a 5.6 net rating. That net rating jumps up to 13.3 when the Celtics are at home.
Green has done most of his work on the inside, shooting 69% in the restricted area. A whopping 55% of his field goals have been assisted and most of them come from off of cuts. The ball movement that the Celtics have showcased has gotten Green some great looks at the rim. Green isn’t a great shot creator so he relies on slashing and spotting up to get him most of his points.
Green has been amazing in this ball rotation heavy Celtics offense. Its no coincidence that when Rondo went down, things started to open up for Green. When Rondo was still playing the Celtics would run a ton of set plays and run shooters off of ball screens. Things weren’t happening as naturally as they have been now. The Celtics have adapted to not having their floor general there by moving the ball exceptionally well and finding open looks through that.
Green has flourished the most in this new look offense. We don’t know how things will look upon Rondo’s return, but for now Green is flourishing. We should worry about that once the next season begins.
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