|Posted by shawn cassidy on November 4, 2013 at 3:05 AM|
The Celtics lost once again Sunday to the Pistons, and the 0-3 start could possibility be the opposite. The Celtics fought and clawed in all three games, but the turnovers along with some missed shots cost the Celtics a chance at one win at least. The Celtics could have very well won all three. During the 4th quarter the Celtics fought to get in the game in Detroit, and the one thing that I do recall was that Jeff Green wasn't playing. Jeff Green for the moment is supposed to be the go-to guy. But after his stellar 25 point game in the season opener. Jeff Green has returned to his role.
So while I was watching the game Sunday night. I was thinking "WOW" Brad Stevens will win me completely over if he sits Jeff Green for the entire 4th quarter. It's something that Doc wouldn't have done to one of his best players. Doc may have stuck with the hot hand, but he would have inserted one of the "Big 3" just because. Stevens didn't come out and say that he was trying to light a fire under Jeff Green's A$$. He had simply said he rode the hot hand.
GREEN WITH ENVY: Jeff Green didn't play the final 14:41 of Sunday's game, sitting out the entire fourth quarter. After the game, Stevens told reporters that he simply rode a hot lineup (one that featured Bradley, Courtney Lee, Gerald Wallace, Brandon Bass, and Kelly Olynyk) down the stretch.
If reality hasn't set in on Jeff Green for you yet. Then maybe it has by now. The issue is that Jeff Green doesn't have Rondo feeding him on the break, or finding him on an alley-opp. Jeff needs a little push, and nobody on the roster can do that except Rondo. Paul Pierce was able to get Green going last season, but the reality about Jeff is that he's a true third or fourth option. I've become a bit numb with Jeff, and my expectations have dropped.
As for Stevens leaving Green out in the 4th quarter. I think it was a bold move, and I hope if Green has any shred of fire in his belly. Then he'll step his game up Monday against Memphis.