Last night, the Boston Celtics threw down with the Toronto Raptors in the Great White North.
The Cs may have fallen 93-87, but it certainly wasn’t due to a lack of effort from Jeff Green. Green led all scorers with 25 last night, and was aggressively looking for his shot all night long. He and Brandon Bass were the reasons why Boston turned a 16-point third quarter deficit into a tie game by the start of the fourth. It was great to see Green use his speed and athleticism to get his, since Toronto had no answer for him all night long. I doubt I am the only Celtics fan who was thinking to himself, “About damn time!” as the game unfolded.
Of course, one game does not a season make. We’ve seen flashes of dominance from Green before, and we’ve also seen the Green that went for 9 points a game a few seasons ago. Suffice it to say, no one should jump to any conclusions based on Green’s performance last night.
So allow me to jump to conclusions and predict that Jeff Green will represent the Boston Celtics in the NBA All-Star Game on February 16, 2014. How’s that for a prediction? Look: Green obviously has the talent to be a productive scorer in the league. The question has always been, does he have the competitive drive to be the number one scoring option on a nightly basis. Up until this year, Green has never been anything more than the third or fourth option – first playing with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, then playing with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen – and there are some who would argue that’s exactly the role that best suits Green.
Some of us, however, believe Green will rise to the challenge now that he is thrust into the position of being the number one scoring option on the team, and if last night is any indication, that is exactly what Green plans on doing. He was using his speed all night long, and was taking it into the paint aggressively whenever he could. He had a scorer’s mentality against Toronto, which is a good sign. I’m not trying to be a blind optimist, but I feel Green is ready to be The Man, and will be rewarded with a spot on the All-Star Team when February rolls around.
Enough about me – what do you think? Is Green’s play last night the sign of a player who is ready to ball all season long, or are we in for another up-and-down season with Green? Vote, and chime in below 0r @theamazingMrS.