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Celtics Beat: Green’s Inconsistencies The Norm

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When the Celtics brought over Jeff Green in the controversial Kendrick Perkins trade, the Thunder did not mind giving up an athletic wing in his prime years. That in itself should have told Danny Ainge to be wary of what Green may have promised – key word promised.

It’s clear now that judging just from a player to player swap (Perkins for Green), the Celtics won that decisively. Perkins is closer to the end than the beginning, and Green is averaging a career high in points this season as the de facto go to player for a lottery bound squad.

Often feeling the wrath of fans this season – deservedly and undeservedly so – the former Georgetown Hoya scored 39 points in an overtime loss to the Pelicans and followed that up the following night with a five point dud against the Mavericks. Jeff Green is consistently inconsistent. In fact, per NBC Pro Basketball Talk, he is the only player with more than a dozen 25+ point games, and more than a dozen single digit scoring games this season.

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Celtics Tweets of Interest: Jared Sullinger’s Well-Wishes to Perk; Kelly Olynyk Cheers for Canada

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This has been a newsworthy week for the Boston Celtics. The team came off a four-game road trip without a win on the West Coast.

On Tuesday, Danny Ainge commented on 98.5 The Sports Hub that Rajon Rondo celebrated his 28th birthday in Los Angeles instead of traveling with the team to Sacramento.

Apparently, Rondo’s camp claimed there was a miscommunication between himself and the team. Earlier this month, Rondo stayed in Boston while the Celtics played in Milwaukee on the second night of a back-to-back.

The airwaves on sports radio was filled with some hosts and callers discussing Rondo’s lack of leadership. While I’m not excusing Rondo, this could be misconstrued as a simple mistake.

Here is an example of a former Celtics captain who made a mistake. Paul Pierce was ejected late in a tight Game 6 of the 2005 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Indiana Pacers. After Jamaal Tinsley intentionally fouled Pierce and hit him in the neck, Pierce swung his elbow at Tinsley. With the Celtics holding an 84-83 lead, the officials handed Pierce a second technical foul. In the post-game press conference, Pierce created a sideshow with a bandage wrapped around his head. The Celtics were facing elimination and they were fortunate to come away with an overtime victory. Pierce’s ejection could have been costly.

Both Pierce and Rondo had to fight criticism of their attitudes throughout their early years in the NBA. George Karl called out Pierce after the 2002 World Championships for Pierce’s selfishness.Of course, Pierce was able to change  perception over the course of his career. Rondo should be given the same opportunity to overcome his errors in judgement.

I would be more concerned if Rondo was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm like New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton on Monday night.

Here are notable tweets:

Jared Sullinger never played with Kendrick Perkins when Perkins was a member of the Celtics. Sullinger is sending well-wishes to the Oklahoma City Thunder center because Perkins underwent surgery on his left groin earlier this week. The injury occurred in the third quarter of the Thunder’s loss to the Miami Heat last Thursday. Meanwhile, Sullinger missed the last three games because he suffered a concussion in the Celtics’ 101-92 defeat against the Los Angeles Lakers last Friday. Here is well-wishes to both Perkins and Sullinger and they can both recover from their ailments quickly.

Kelly Olynyk is from Toronto so obviously he was cheering for Canada’s hockey team during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Canada shut out both the United States and Sweeden in the medal round to win their second consecutive gold medal.

Celtics Circuit: Jeff Green Must Take Aggressive Approach

Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green needs to reach his potential this season.

This is the first season in which forward Jeff Green has been completely healthy during his time with the Boston Celtics. Green was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Celtics in February 2011 for popular center Kendrick Perkins.

When the lockout was lifted in December, the Celtics’ medical staff found an aortic aneurysm in Green’s heart. He was forced to undergo season-ending surgery and there were doubts whether Green could return to the court. Green and the Celtics organization believed that Green would be back with the team for the following season.

Last year, Green made his return to the court. During the season, Green mainly came off the bench as he only started in 17 of the 81 games he made an appearance on the court. Green averaged 12.8 points per game and he became a force after point guard Rajon Rondo went down with a torn right ACL in a January 27th game against the Atlanta Hawks. Despite a 105-103 loss to the Miami Heat on March 18th, Green scored 43 points without Kevin Garnett in the lineup.

In Green’s time with the Celtics, he has played behind Paul Pierce. Pierce received more attention from opposing defenses. Since the Celtics sent Pierce and Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets this summer, opponents will try to neutralize Green and prevent him from going to his right when he attacks the net.

Green can play three different positions and he was the fifth overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft. He also helped lead the Georgetown Hoyas to the Final Four in the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Throughout his career, Green has always been a reluctant star in which he can affect the game on so many different levels, but he disappears at times. He is a 6-foot-9-inch forward who can score and he has the length to defend top scorers like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Green has never found any consistency in his career. The Thunder traded Green to the Celtics because they already had Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. They were not willing to hand Green a big contract.

With a rebuilding roster, Green will be asked to provide a significant chunk of scoring for the Celtics.He is also one of the few Celtics players who can create their own shot. Since the Celtics lack an experienced center, Green will have to improve his rebounding. Overall, the Celtics need Green to finally display the glimpses of potential he has shown throughout his career on a daily basis.

Without a go-to-scorer, the Celtics have struggled finishing out quarters in the preseason. During the regular season, Green must take an aggressive approach and he will be the player who is asked to make plays down the stretch in close games.

Will Green be ready to lead the Celtics?

 

 

Celtics Circuit: Six Years After Big Three Formed

Ray Allen (left), Kevin Garnett (center), and Paul Pierce joined the Boston Celtics on July 31st, 2007.

Ray Allen (left), Kevin Garnett (center), and Paul Pierce joined the Boston Celtics on July 31st, 2007.


On July 31st, 2007,  the Boston Celtics changed the fortunes of their franchise when they acquired Kevin Garnett from the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Celtics became immediate contenders with the trio of Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen. On draft night in June 2007,  Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge shipped Delonte West, Wally Szczerbiack and the 5th overall pick (Jeff Green) to the then Seattle SuperSonics for Allen and the 35th overall selection (Glen Davis).

The Celtics had tried to make a deal earlier in the summer to bring Garnett to Boston, but Garnett refused to waive his no-trade clause. After the Celtics received Allen, Garnett changed his stance.

The new Big Three led the Celtics to a 66-16 record and clinched the top record in the NBA. The Celtics transformed from being one of the worst teams in the league during the previous season to having one of the best defenses in the NBA. Garnett and Tom Thibodeau were the anchors of the defensive turnaround.Second-year point guard Rajon Rondo was improving despite having an erratic shot. Kendrick Perkins became an intimidating presence in the paint with his ability to defend the post. James Posey and Eddie House were valuable contributors off the bench. The Celtics picked up P.J. Brown and Sam Cassell, who helped with their veteran leadership and clutch baskets in the postseason, during the season. Despite facing little adversity in the regular season, the Celtics were taken to the limit in seven games by the Atlanta Hawks (Eastern Conference quarterfinals) and the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers (Eastern Conference semifinals). Pierce (42 points) had the memorable scoring duel in Game 7 with James (45 points). The Celtics defeated the Detroit Pistons (Eastern Conference finals) and the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA Finals) in six games  to capture the organization’s 17th banner. Pierce was named MVP of the Finals.

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Resilient Celtics Look to Overcome Star-Powered Knicks

The Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett (left) and the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (right) will build on the physicality from their first meeting this year.

The Boston Celtics’ Kevin Garnett (left) and the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (right) will build on the physicality from their first meeting this year.

The Boston Celtics have overcome adversity this year to find themselves in the NBA postseason for the sixth consecutive season. The Celtics lost their All-Star point guard, Rajon Rondo, to a season-ending torn right ACL in a January 25th double overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Rookie forward Jared Sullinger was forced to undergo surgery on his back in February that ended his season. Reserve guard Leandro Barbosa suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in the third quarter of the 94-91 loss against the Charlotte Bobcats on February 11th. In a matter 17 days, the Celtics lost three key players in their rotation.

This season has been split into the team with Rondo and the team without Rondo. Prior to Rondo’s injury, the Celtics were 20-23 and they had lost six consecutive games. Then the team improved their play and appeared to rally around people calling for their demise. They won their next seven contests, including a 100-98 overtime victory over the top team in the NBA, the Miami Heat, and were 14-4 in their initial 18 games without their floor leader. The team played well defensively and they spread the ball around. Jeff Green became the player that Danny Ainge hoped he was getting when he sent Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2011. Green was more aggressive on the offensive end and his speed and length provided fits for the opposition. At one point the team was down to nine active players because of all the injuries. Ainge traded Jason Collins to the Washington Wizards for Jordan Crawford before the trade deadline ended on February 21st. He signed TerrPence Williams, Shavlik Randolph, and D.J. White. All three of these players came from the Chinese Basketball Association and had been unable to stick with a team in the NBA.

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Celtics Can Battle Heat For Eastern Conference Supremacy

Forward Jeff Green nearly carried the Boston Celtics to a win over the Miami Heat.

Forward Jeff Green nearly carried the Boston Celtics to a win over the Miami Heat.

The Boston Celtics showed they still provide problems for the Miami Heat on Monday night even without Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett on the floor. Despite the consensus that the Celtics are an aging, slow team, they showed that they can match the Heat by pushing the ball up the floor and beating the Heat in transition.

In the past, both Rondo and Garnett gave Erik Spoelstra and the Heat coaching staff fits because the Heat did not have anyone who could defend them even in a half-court offense. If Spoelstra put LeBron James on Rondo, then Rondo would be able to find a smaller defender such as Mario Chalmers on Paul Pierce or getting screened to free up former Celtic Ray Allen.

Jeff Green rose to the occasion in the 105-103 loss to the Heat on Monday and gave Celtics fans a glimpse of what could have been if Green did not have an aortic aneurysm in his heart last year. Like Rondo, Green can match the athleticism and size of James and Dwyane Wade. Green is 6-9, 235-pounds with the ability to be a top player in the NBA. These intangibles were why then-Seattle SuperSonics and current Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti traded Allen for Green during the NBA Draft in 2007. Green has never been an aggressive scorer despite leading Georgetown to the Final Four in 2007. When the Thunder could not afford to keep Green, Presti sent him back to the Celtics for Kendrick Perkins in 2011. What Green gave the Celtics on Monday night is exactly what Danny Ainge and former Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan were saying when they received the most talented player in that deal. The Thunder may have benefited in the short term with Perkins’ interior defense and the lunch-pail mentality that he brings to the court. The Celtics were just unlucky with Green’s heart condition or else they could have went to the NBA Finals last year.

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