Boston Celtics: Jeff Green

Jeff Green's success isn't translating

December, 9, 2014
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The knock on Jeff Green has long been that he's simply not consistent enough, which is why it's so surprising that, nearing the end of the first quarter of the 2014-15 season, a case can be made that Green has been the most consistent player on the Boston Celtics.

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Mark L. Baer/USA TODAY SportsMany of Jeff Green's individual numbers are the best of his career but when he's on the floor, the Celtics' point differential suffers.
The 28-year-old Green is averaging a team- and career-best 19.8 points per game this season while adding 4.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals over a team-high 34.3 minutes per game. Even as his 3-point shot defied him early this season (31.3 percent overall), Green has thrived attacking the basket harder than in any season of his career. A career-best 56.2 true shooting percentage reflects his overall offensive efficiency.

But while Green ranks No. 19 among the league's leading scorers through 19 games, advanced metrics continue to suggest that the Celtics perform better with him off the court. Sticking with our format from reviewing Rajon Rondo's first month of the season, we look at the good, the bad and the ugly from Green's play thus far.

THE GOOD

When evaluating Green's performance, Celtics coach Brad Stevens often suggests that the team needs him to "soar with his strengths." Green will never be a particularly strong rebounder and, despite the frequency with which he touches the ball, he's never been very good at generating offense for others. Green's main job on the court is to put the ball in the basket, and he does that as well as anyone on the Celtics.

Zoom in on the five games that the team has played to start the month of December. Green is averaging 25.8 points per game while shooting 49.4 percent from the floor. His 3-point percentage finally is climbing -- it's at a lofty 45.8 percent this month. What's more, Green is averaging 7.2 free throw attempts per game, illustrating the balance he has struck between taking advantage of open perimeter looks and attacking the rim.

Synergy Sports data has Green averaging 1.013 points per possession finished. Of players with at least 300 plays finished this season, he is 15th in the league, snugly tucked between Kevin Love and Kyle Lowry.

Synergy also has a metric called score percentage that calculates the percentage of possessions finished in which the player generates at least 1 point. Green ranks 24th overall at 46.1 percent in a category that tends to be skewed toward big men, but his score percentage placement is made more impressive when you consider that LeBron James sits two spots behind Green at 46 percent.

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Practice: Green picks up his defense

December, 6, 2014
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WALTHAM, Mass. -- Long criticized for his lack of consistency, Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green has quieted most of those grumbles this season with reliable offensive output. The day after Green took on the challenge of guarding Kobe Bryant in Boston's win over the Los Angeles Lakers, coach Brad Stevens made it a point Saturday to single out Green's improving defensive consistency as well.

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"He’s played well, defensively, this year," Stevens said. "I think it’s been a good area of growth for him. "[Friday] night, he took it and really stepped it up a notch, to the point where he got tired and came out of the game twice. And that’s good. That’s a really good thing. Any time you’re guarding a guy like Kobe, you’re going to be absolutely locked in. Hopefully he can continue to grow in that area because he has played a good defensive season so far."

Green has never been regarded as a lockdown defender, but his size and athleticism allow him to harass wings. Green's length tends to bothers shooters from the perimeter, and he's been known to produce a highlight-worthy chase-down block. Troubles tend to appear when opponents muscle him up near the basket.

Where Green appears to be making strides this year is in defending inside the arc, though troubles remain near the hoop. According to the league's player tracking defensive data, opponents are shooting 43.8 percent against him overall, which is 1.8 percent lower than those players' season average. Last season, opponents shot 46.7 percent against him (or 1.6 percent higher than their season average), so it's a step in the right direction.

Synergy Sports' advanced defensive data haven't reflected quite as well on Green. He ranks in the 30th percentile among all league players, as he allows 0.945 points per play. Green was credited with 19 plays defended in Friday's game against the Lakers and allowed only 14 points -- a quality 0.737 points per play -- which is made even glossier when you consider he was often guarding Bryant. Green had a particularly strong defensive second half against the Lakers.

But there remains one eyesore: Green's defensive rating on the floor is 107.5. That's two points worse than the team's season average, and Boston is nearly seven points better without him on the floor this season.

Green shrugged off the idea that his defense is improving.

"Just doing what coach asks me to do," he said. "The game plan for us is five guys play defense, so I'm just doing my job."

Offensively, Green is averaging a team-best 19 points on 45.5 percent shooting in 34.1 minutes per game in 17 appearances. He hasn't shot the 3-pointer particularly well (31 percent), but as Stevens noted, he's Boston's most consistent player in getting to the free throw line -- something Boston's offense desperately needs.

A few more notes from Saturday's session:

Smart practices: Celtics rookie guard Marcus Smart engaged in the entirety of the team's off-day practice, then stayed late to get some shots up. Stevens held off using Smart in Friday's game. This after Smart played just five minutes in his return to game action Wednesday and made an appearance in the D-League on Thursday. The team is treading cautiously with Smart and trying to help him shake some rust before ramping up his minutes again. Stevens said Friday, "I think [Smart is] a really good player. I think he’s a big part of what we’re doing, but I’m not going to throw him out there if I don’t think he’s ready to roll."

Powell, Young head north: Rookies James Young and Dwight Powell were headed back to Portland on Saturday evening to join the Red Claws for a game against the Sioux Falls Skyforce. This is the fourth assignment to the D-League this season for each rookie, as Boston attempts to maximize their game reps.

Faverani sighting: Second-year center Vitor Faverani engaged in some light shooting as teammates stretched at the end of practice, but Stevens said there is no update on his condition. "He was just out here shooting around," Stevens said.
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Jeff Green: Trade rumor is false

November, 23, 2014
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BOSTON -- Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green stressed after Sunday's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers that any frustration he is experiencing is merely a factor of Boston's early-season struggles and does not represent unhappiness with the organization.

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Green said he received a text directing him to an undisclosed article that suggested he desired to be traded from Boston. Unprompted, Green addressed the story -- one that most of the assembled media was unaware of -- after Sunday's game.

"Before you start, I just want to clear the air about some B.S. rumor that came out," Green said. "I don’t know if the person who made this article is in this [group of reporters], but the rumor about me wanting to get traded is definitely false. I said that I was frustrated with losing, not frustrated with the team. So if the words didn’t come from my mouth, I'd appreciate if you do not write a dumb--- article like that."

During an on-camera interview following Friday’s loss in Memphis, Green told CSNNE that his frustrations with losing were at an "all-time high" and he added, "I'm tired of losing." The station's website later reported, citing a league executive, that Green's value could be high this offseason when he has potential to opt out of his deal and become a free agent.

Green's frustrations, however, seemed to stem from another site that combined the two reports and took his quotes out of context, suggesting his frustrations left him yearning for a trade out of Boston.

Green said reporters are "going to write whatever you want to write, I just want it to be the truth."

Green was asked how he feels about Boston and whether he wants to be here long term to see through this rebuilding process.

"I want to stay here," Green said. "I love this team. I love being here."

Later he added, "If I didn’t [want to be here], I wouldn’t have signed [his most recent] contract to come back here. I’m happy where I’m at, happy with the coach, management, front office, everybody. I haven’t been happy like this in years. It’s a good place for me."

The Celtics acquired Green in a much-scrutinized trade for Kendrick Perkins in February 2011. He missed the entire 2011-12 season after undergoing heart surgery, but returned to sign a four-year, $36.2 million contract in August 2012.

That contract includes a $9.2 million player option for the 2015-16 season. Green could elect to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason by declining the player option.

Green is averaging a career-high 18.4 points per game over 35.3 minutes in 12 appearances this season. Often criticized for his roller-coaster play, this may be Green's most consistent string of games in a Boston uniform.
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Gamebook: Green seeks game legs

October, 15, 2014
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PORTLAND, Maine -- Jeff Green was receiving another dose of eye drops when reporters entered the Boston Celtics' locker room following Wednesday's 92-89 loss to the Toronto Raptors, but his orb was the least of his concerns.

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Green is still trying to get his legs back after missing nearly two weeks of action, including the team's first four preseason games, due to a strained left calf. Green had some quality moments during Wednesday's game -- a two-handed slam on the game's first possession, among them -- but was still finding his way, and doing it with blurry vision after Toronto's Amir Johnson caught him with a swipe late in the first half.

"I’m good. I can see," Green said. "Just got real, real blurry when I got hit. But I’m good now. I got some drops. Took about 15-20 minutes for it to clear, but I’m [OK]. ...

"It feels good to be back on that floor. I was overanxious. Just happy to be out there, it’s moving too fast, I’m dead tired, but it’s going to take a couple games for me to get my legs up under me. Once I get my game legs, I’ll be good to go."

Green finished with nine points on 3-of-12 shooting to go along with five rebounds, a steal and an assist over 31 minutes, 29 seconds. He also turned the ball over three times.

"I thought he did OK," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "I thought he was fine, physically. He got poked in the eye, and I think he’s fine. ... As far as in the rhythm of the offense, it was his first game. So we need to get him back and I’m glad he gets a couple exhibition games to get back."

Green started and spent most of the night at his typical small forward position, but did bounce to power forward spot at times. He downplayed the notion of having to relearn exactly how he fits into Boston's offense, particularly with all the team's new faces.

"Right now it’s just important for me to get in shape. I think that, for me, all I want to do is get in shape," Green said. "Get my game legs under me, this is my first game back, missed the first four games, haven't been able to practice for two weeks except the last day or two. I just want to get my legs up under me so I can stay on the floor and help my team out."

Before Wednesday's game, Stevens stressed how Green's additional time at power forward is geared toward helping undersized Boston create mismatches.

"It’s a lot less about Jeff and I think a lot more about how we can be unique," Stevens said. "I think we all know that to win in this league is really hard. ... I don’t think he’s going to play exclusively or most of the time [at power forward], but can you find time in the game when you’re unique to the opponent? And Jeff Green on offense can be unique to the opponent."

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Practice: Green in, Wallace out

October, 13, 2014
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WALTHAM, Mass. -- Ten days after straining his left calf during an intrsquad scrimmage, Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green returned to practice Monday and the team is hopeful that he can make his preseason debut during Wednesday's exhibition game against the Toronto Raptors.

Despite wearing a compression sleeve over his left calf and admitting he's not quite 100 percent yet, Green got up shots before the team's afternoon practice and said there would be no limitations as he returned to basketball activities. Green, who played in every regular-season game the past two seasons, missed the team's first four exhibition games and expressed frustration at not being on the court.

"It’s been really tough," he said. "I’d rather be out on the court playing, but I’ve got to take care of my body first."

Green's absence has allowed newcomer Evan Turner to make a strong case for minutes, maybe even a starting role, while filling in at the small forward position. Celtics coach Brad Stevens has acknowledged competition for a couple of rotation roles, particularly as the team deals with injuries, but said the bottom line is that both Green and Turner will play heavy roles this season.

"I’ve given lots of thought to [the lineups]," Stevens said. "Jeff’s going to play most of his minutes, or maybe just over half of his minutes, at [small forward]. But he’ll also play some [power forward]. I think Evan has to play. Whether that’s starting or coming off the bench or whatever, Evan can get into the paint. That’s a huge critical thing for our team."

Asked about playing more power forward this season, Green said, "As long as I’m on the floor, that’s all that matters." Green said he envisions playing with Turner at times and said positions won't change the way he plays.

INJURY REPORT: WALLACE (KNEE) OUT THIS WEEK

Celtics veteran swingman Gerald Wallace underwent an MRI Sunday that revealed a bone bruise in his knee. After sitting out Saturday's game against the Knicks, he's expected to miss both of this week's preseason games as well.

"We were going to sit him anyway on Saturday and, actually, he mentioned it to [trainer] Ed [Lacerte] in the pregame ... he has a little knee swelling," said Stevens. "So they did an MRI [Sunday], he’s got a small bone bruise. So he’s going to be out, definitely the two games this week and I think he’s looking at it week-to-week right now."

The Celtics have been thin on available swingmen. Rookie James Young strained his left hamstring before the team's exhibition opener and is still considered week-to-week. "James Young is the same," Stevens said. "Progressing well, but still probably a week away."

Rajon Rondo (hand) was on the court before the team's practice, his left hand in a black wrap, dribbling and shooting. Stevens said recently that there's been no change in the team's initial 6-8 week timeline despite Rondo's involvement in non-contact drills.

Asked about his team's rash of injuries early in the preseason, Stevens didn't beg for sympathy.

"I think it’s just part of it," Stevens said before referencing injuries to the likes of Kevin Durant and Bradley Beal. "You look across the league and there are guys that are hurt, and there’s guys that have to be ready at the end of your bench. I’m going to start to talk to guys about where they fit in the rotation this week, probably after the two games this week, but our [players in roster spots] 11, 12 and 13 have to ready because that’s just the way this league works."

BACK TO WORK

After playing four games in six nights to start the exhibition season, the Celtics took Sunday off. A reporter jokingly asked Stevens if he took the opportunity to go apple picking, knowing full well the second-year coach spent much of his day prepping for the week ahead.

"I had a great day; we all had a great day," said Stevens. "It was a long first week and it was almost like, ‘Hey, if you’re not ready for this, we’re going to get you ready for this.’ We’re glad to be back at work today in the practice gym for at least two days, then get back on the bus again Wednesday."

The Celtics will play Wednesday's game against the Raptors in Portland, where their D-League affiliate the Maine Red Claws are based. But there are two days of practice first to fix what ailed Boston after consecutive losses to finish the first week of exhibition play at 2-2.

"Our focus is going to be on some of the things we need to clean up from Friday and Saturday’s games," Stevens said. "Then continue to install more from an offensive standpoint at the right pace.

"One of the things I try to do is throw a lot at them the first two days [of camp], then I haven’t done a lot in terms of new stuff over the last week or so because I wanted them to get better at that. I think we’ve done a lot of good things offensively; I’m not overly concerned about Saturday['s loss] because we played different lineups than we’ve played and [rookie] Dwight Powell hasn’t played [small forward] in practice and he’s played it in two games. That's just part of it. But now that we’re getting more bodies on the court, or at least we've got Jeff back on the court, I think we can start to add more."
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Practice: Frustrated Green sits again

October, 9, 2014
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Boston Celtics swingman Jeff Green expressed frustration Thursday with a lingering calf strain that will keep him off the floor until next week.

Green injured himself during the team's intrasquad scrimmage on Friday and has not resumed basketball activities. Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters Thursday in Toronto that Green will likely be sidelined until at least Monday.

That means Green will miss the team's first four exhibition games. After appearing in every regular-season game the past two seasons, Green vented about having to take it slow with this injury.

“After not missing any games the last couple of years, just missing practice, it sucks," Green said, according to the team's website. "I want to be out there on the floor. I want to be playing, doing anything involving basketball, any type of movement."

Added Green: "I’ve never been a guy who sits still for too long, so this is kind of killing me right now."

The team initially hoped Green would be back on the court earlier this week, but he hasn't recovered enough from the injury.

Said Stevens: "I think the key is for Jeff to utilize this time to get fully healthy and kind of see the spots where when he comes back, he can even add to us."

Green's absence has meant additional reps for newcomer Evan Turner, who has started the past two games at small forward and shown an ability to impact the game in multiple ways while filling up his entire stat line.

What happens when Green returns?

"I don’t know yet," said Stevens. "We’ll see. I really like the way our wings and guards are playing."
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Camp fires: Green, Smart sit out Sunday

October, 5, 2014
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WALTHAM, Mass. -- The Boston Celtics returned to the practice floor Sunday, but with thinned numbers as minor injuries in the early portion of training camp have sidelined some more top names.

Both Jeff Green (calf) and rookie Marcus Smart (groin) were expected to sit out Sunday's afternoon practice and coach Brad Stevens dubbed them both questionable for Monday's exhibition opener against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Green strained his left calf during Friday's intrasquad scrimmage. He was on the floor before Sunday's session getting up shots and Stevens stressed it's not a long-term concern.

"I would say [Green is] questionable at best [Monday] night, but no long-term [issue]," Stevens said. "There's no need to start the season with a lingering injury. ... We want to be really careful with that because we want him to get back to 100 percent with any muscular issues right now."

Stevens said Smart "has a little bit of a strained groin. He’s not going to practice today. I don’t really know, he’s between questionable or probable [for Monday], however you want to say it."

The Celtics already have been operating without point guard Rajon Rondo (hand), taking away three players pegged for top rotation spots this season. What's more, Vitor Faverani (knee) was expected to sit out again on Sunday as he battles swelling from camp activity.

Brandon Bass suffered a corneal abrasion in Friday's scrimmage, but was set to practice Sunday. He joked of the injury that, "I got a rebound. A minute later, Kelly [Olynyk] went for the rebound and poked me in my eye."

The Celtics also will have Joel Anthony available as he was expected to engage in his first full practice after being limited by a groin strain at the start of camp.

Do injuries set the Celtics back this time of year?

"[The injured players are] going to have to learn through watching, they are going to learn through film," Stevens said. "They are going to have to be out here and be ready to hit the ground running when they get back on the court. That’s on our staff, it’s on our assistant coaches, it’s on them as individuals."

But Stevens stressed he can't downshift much because of missing players.

"I'll back off the timeline a little bit, might make a drill a jog-through instead of a full-contact drill, but we've got to use this day as another growing and building day," Stevens said. "And the guys that are on the court have to get better. And the guys that aren’t have got to watch and be ready to hit the ground running."

With eyes toward Monday's exhibition opener, Stevens said that Smart will start at point guard if he is healthy enough to go, while Evan Turner would start if the rookie can't suit up.

Some loose balls from Sunday's media access:

Film review: Intrasquad scrimmage: Stevens spent Saturday's off-day dissecting film from Friday's intrasquad scrimmage. What did he find? "Some good, some bad. The good news is that, on film, there’s a lot to like. And there’s a lot to teach off of. When someone does really well, that usually means that somebody else on your team did pretty poorly, so that’s the problem with intrasquad scrimmages. ... I think it’s easy to overreact to guys scoring and doing that type of thing, and I think we had some really good performances that wouldn’t be found on a stat sheet. We’re still in mix-and-match stage, there’s no question about it. But we had a couple guys that really impacted winning and to me that’s really the most important thing." Stevens praised second-year big man Kelly Olynyk's efforts on both ends of the court Friday and said, "I thought he was one of our best players on the court the other night and has been in practice as well."

Young's smooth stroke: Rookie James Young has a pretty looking left-handed shot and put together a sequence in Friday's second scrimmage in which he made consecutive 3-pointers (turning the back end into a four-point play after being fouled). Stevens was asked about his smooth stroke. "That’s his deal. He shoots it easy. In college, even at the 3-point line, his shot didn’t look like there was any effort going into it. He’s a smooth, smooth shooter. He’s just going to get better and, when his footwork is consistent, he’s a lights-out shooter." Stevens did caution that "[Young has to] continue to grow in the other areas, I think everybody gets excited because he hits a couple 3s in a row, but he’s still got a ways to go. But to his credit he’s working hard to get there quicker."

Deep talk: Staying behind the arc, Stevens was asked how the Celtics could improve their 3-point shooting this season as a team. "I think that’s a combination of guys that have to get in the gym and make themselves better shooters, and putting guys in position and groups that maybe space the court better than others," Stevens said. "I like the idea that we’ve got a couple of different guys now that can get you to the paint off the dribble. That helps free up opportunities for our shooters and most of the 3-pointers that we made the other day were off the extra pass or off an inside-out play. That’s a good thing. You’re trying to get great step-in 3-point shots, and hey, we said it last year, our bigs struggled to shoot from a percentage standpoint, but they looked good shooting it. They’re good shooters and I think they are getting better doing that."

Daniels visiting: Marquis Daniels, who spent three seasons in Boston, visited the team on Sunday. The 33-year-old did not find an NBA job last season and is touring a handful of teams with eyes toward a potential future in coaching.

Green: Trying to take next step as leader

September, 18, 2014
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BOSTON -- When Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green was asked about some extended summer stubble dangling from his chin, team president Rich Gotham playfully interjected that he must be going for a "Bill Russell look."

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Green, who returned to the area this week to start ramping up toward the start of Celtics training camp later this month, joined Gotham and U.S. Secretary of Education (and hoops junkie) Arne Duncan for an event to support the My Brother’s Keeper initiative in Mattapan. Green added to his Russell look by wearing the latter's familiar blue button-down shirt and blazer, but when the conversation shifted to basketball, it steered more toward the current rebuild than the Russell-hung banners that served as Green's backdrop as he fielded questions.

"You can't really put a timetable on the rebuilding process," said Green. "As long as you continue to get better each day -- going to practice and just get better -- that’s what it’s going to take for us to get better as a team and to increase wins. I think we ended the season well and this whole summer each guy took it upon themselves to get better, which is going to make our team better."

What did Green focus on during the offseason?

"Just get better as a player, all around," he said. "I don’t have one or two things that I focused on completely throughout the whole summer. I think it was more just becoming a better all-around player and trying to take the next step to becoming a leader on this team."

The 28-year-old Green is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-high 16.9 points over 34.2 minutes per game. But despite welcoming the bull's-eye that landed on him with Rajon Rondo sidelined for the start of last season, Green never quite flourished as the sort of go-to presence that many hoped he might develop into (particularly after a strong playoff showing to close the 2012-13 season).

Green expressed optimism about what a healthy Rondo can add to a young Celtics core this season ("With him being 100 percent healthy, I think he’ll make our team just that much better," said Green) but the question remains whether the advancements of Rondo's supporting cast, and Green in particular, can help Boston take the next step in its rebuild.

On this night, the conversation at the Mildred Avenue School leaned heavier on education than hoops. While recovering from heart surgery that paused his basketball career, Green went back and finished his degree at Georgetown in 2012. This past summer, he made a $1 million donation to the school (which was matched by the Indiana Pacers' Roy Hibbert, while Patrick Ewing and agent David Falk pledged an additional $3.3 million toward the construction of an on-campus facility that will bear the name of Hoyas coaching legend John Thompson Jr.).

"Georgetown has done a lot for me in so many ways," said Green. "They gave me a great education. They gave me an opportunity to play basketball at a high level. And with the personnel that’s around that school, Big John [Thompson Jr.], the professors, my coach, [John Thompson III], they also made me a better person. I owe a lot to them for getting me to where I’m at, so it was a no-brainer for me to just give back in order to help build a new facility in John Thompson Jr.’s name. He’s done so much for that school, I think he’s really deserving of it. I think it’s going to be great for the school in the long run."

With a focus on Thursday's education event, Green added: "[Kids] look up to NBA players and to put our story out there about how we got to where we are and how education got us to the point we are now, I think it’s big for these kids to hear. I think that’s why we are out here, spreading the word, that education is very important. And it should come first."

A few more notes and quotes from Green's brief Q&A with reporters:

Meeting the new guys: Green said he's spent time this week meeting the newest faces on the team, including rookies Marcus Smart and James Young. "I’ve had a lot of time to talk to the guys, get to know them off the court, but also work out with them, get to know them on the court," said Green. "We’ve become close through the last couple days that I’ve been here. And they’ve been here for a long time. They’ve been working hard to get ready for this upcoming season."

Beard Inspiration: Russell > Harden: Given the option of picking Russell or former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate James Harden for his beard inspiration, Green joked, "I would go with Bill Russell before James Harden. It’s something that just grew; I wasn’t planning it. Just a different look, nothing big."

Players in the community: Gotham was asked about having the Celtics players involved in community activities, whether it's Green at the education event or newcomer Tyler Zeller at a food bank in Lowell earlier this week. "It’s really important," said Gotham. "The kids look up to the players. To have guys like Tyler, like Jeff today, this is their offseason. They are not under any obligation to do this kind of stuff, yet they value their role as a mentor to these kids and they know they make a positive difference by just spending time with them. Just the simple act of showing that they are willing to spend their time, that sends a great message to these kids, that someone’s caring about them, someone is thinking about them. We’re lucky, we have a great crew of guys who are able to not only make that statement, but also set an example like Jeff going back and getting his diploma at Georgetown, the importance of education."
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Green donates $1 million to Hoyas

August, 28, 2014
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While celebrating his 28th birthday on Thursday, Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green announced he'll make a $1 million donation to the Georgetown athletic department for the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Center.

"I'm very fortunate to be in a position to give back to the University and to the program that has done so much for me," Green said in a release from the school. "The environment created by Coach [John] Thompson III and his staff helped shape me both academically and athletically. Georgetown and Georgetown basketball is at my core and is part of who I am."

Said Thompson III: "This generous gift from Jeff will help to enhance the experience of many future Georgetown student-athletes. Jeff's commitment to our school and to our program speaks not only to his experiences as a student and an athlete here, but gives a small glimpse into who he is as a person. We're very fortunate to have Jeff Green represent this institution."

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Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green finished second in voting amongst his peers for the 2013-14 NBA Sportsmanship Award.

Memphis' Mike Conley took home the honor with a total of 2,335 points, while Green was second at 1,971. Phoenix's Channing Frye (1,915), Washington's Bradley Beal (1,897), Portland's Damian Lillard (1,881), and Chicago's Mike Dunleavy (1,832) rounded out the voting among divisional representatives.

The NBA will make a $10,000 donation on behalf of Conley to his charity of choice, the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, specifically for research pertaining to sickle cell anemia. The NBA will make a $5,000 donation to each of the divisional winner’s charities of choice, including the Cleveland Clinic Foundation on behalf of Green.

Green underwent surgery at the Cleveland Clinic to repair an aortic aneurysm that forced him to sit out the 2011-12 season.

According to the league's press release, the award reflects the ideals of sportsmanship -- ethical behavior, fair play and integrity -- in amateur and professional basketball, a key focus of the league’s NBA Cares program efforts. The winner is awarded the Joe Dumars trophy, named for former Detroit Pistons guard and Hall of Famer Joe Dumars, the award’s first recipient.

NBA players voted with 11 points given for each first-place vote, nine points for each second-place vote, seven points for third, five points for fourth, three points for fifth and one point for each sixth-place vote received. Each team nominated one of its players for the award.

Green received 65 first-place votes of the 325 total ballots cast.

Report card: Jeff Green

April, 21, 2014
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AP Photo/LM OteroJeff Green didn't miss a game for the second straight season.
With the Boston Celtics' 2013-14 campaign in the rearview mirror, we've busted out our red pens and assigned grades to each player based on his individual performances this season. Our annual reminder that players are graded based on expectations versus production. This is the first in a series of end-of-the-season report cards:

Player: Jeff Green
2013-14 base stats: 16.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 41.2FG%, 34.1 3PT%
2013-14 advanced stats: 0.928 Off ppp (59th percentile); 0.851 Def ppp (60th)
2013-14 salary: $8.7 million

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What's your grade for Jeff Green this season?

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Season in a paragraph: Green entered the season having played some of his best basketball over the final two months of the 2012-13 campaign, and coupled with the departure of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, and the rehab of Rajon Rondo, Green was fitted for a monster bull's-eye, one that he eagerly wore in hopes of establishing himself as a go-to presence. It didn't happen and even Green admitted by season's end that he couldn't be the focal point. He averaged a career-best 16.9 points per game, but his shooting percentages dived. Chalk some of that up to offensive experimentation, but Green struggled with consistency. The discouraging part was that his total rebound percentage (7.6) was a career low on a team devoid of a pure center and he still averaged more turnovers per game (2) than assists (1.7). If Green is to be a complementary player, he needs to be more of a presence in areas other than scoring.

GM's Take: "I think Jeff had a good year and Jeff has been consistently a very good 3-point shooter and very good in transition offense throughout his whole career and I think that he got even better at that this year and he got more versatile," said Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. "The fact that he wasn’t more of a more below-the-crease or corner 3-point shooter, he shot the ball from all over the 3-point line, he shot the 3-point shot off the dribble, things that we wanted and we encouraged him to do to expand his game. He became more a focal point of the offense and he had his ups and downs with that, but I think his game is complete and I think that Jeff is improving as a player. I think he still has a lot of growth still left in his game and I think he’s going to have a better year next year than he had this year."

Season highlight: Green provided maybe Boston's most endearing moment of the season with his buzzer-beating 3-pointer over LeBron James as the Celtics stunned the host Miami Heat 111-110 on Nov. 9. Green finished with 24 points on 8-of-16 shooting with five triples, including the winner off a pretty cross-court inbounds feed from Gerald Wallace. That hoop helped Boston post a season-high four-game win streak.

Season lowlight: Coming off a quiet preseason, Green declared, "I have to take on the challenge of being that guy. Of course I’ll have my ups and downs, but I’ll have more ups than downs. I can guarantee you that." There's a metric called Game Score invented by John Hollinger that mashes up individual aspects of a player's box score and delivers a numeric representation of his performance. Considering that a score of 10 is defined as an average outing, Green had 40 games of 10.0 or higher and 42 games below, according to Basketball Reference. It only hammers home the need for Green to do more to impact the game beyond scoring.

Final grade: C-

Teacher's notes: We can hear some of Green's harshest critics scoffing from the other side of the interwebs. Some voters are going to crush Green here and we'll be surprised if he ends up with a passing mark in the fan vote. And our inclination was to do the same, but only because Green is clearly capable of more. We're willing to concede that expectations might have been a bit too high overall, but we'll also stress that we're not certain that Green made as much progress as Ainge seems to suggest (though, hey, what rebuilding GM is going to say otherwise?). With a healthy Rondo and some other talent alongside him, Green has potential to be an excellent complementary player. You can tell Brad Stevens yearns to get the most out of him. Right now, the Celtics are not getting the most out of him on a consistent enough basis.

What's next? Green has two more seasons remaining on a deal that will pay him $9.2 million next season. Even with the cap set to rise generously, that's still a bit on the high side for the production the team is receiving. Drafting at his position, or adding a starter-caliber swingman, could make Boston think harder about any outside interest Green receives.

Honor roll: Click HERE to read past report cards.

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C's need Green to surprise them

March, 13, 2014
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There are 17 games remaining in a season in which the Boston Celtics have little to play for beyond the future. With that in mind, Jeff Green needs to utilize each of those tilts to force himself outside of a comfort zone he has struggled to depart.

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Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe numbers don't tell the whole story, but this statistic stands out: The Celtics' defensive rating is 24 points worse when Green is in the game.
Far too often, the focus with Green falls too heavily on his offensive output, which has benefited from him being a top scoring option playing heavy minutes for a transitioning team. In the 11 games since the All-Star break, Green has averaged 19.7 points per contest, which, if maintained for the season, would land him among the top 20 scorers in the league.

But Green is not affecting the game like most others on that same list.

Green needs to put his energy into being a more consistent defender, a more common distributor, and at least an occasional rebounder. Green must find ways for the Celtics to be more successful when he's on the court.

Because right now, that's not happening.

Make no mistake, very few Boston players, particularly the ones logging the sort of minutes that Green is, are putting up glossy numbers this season. But the splits on Green are striking.

In the 11 games since the break, the Celtics are minus-110 in plus/minus during Green's 407 minutes of floor time, and plus-41 in his 121 minutes on the bench. Boston's offensive rating is 5 points better when Green is off the floor, and its defensive rating is a staggering 24 points worse when he's in the game.

Worried that trash time was skewing those numbers, we narrowed that look to the first half of those 11 games. Boston's net rating when Green is on the court was minus-18.6 (91.7 offensive; 110.3 defensive) and plus-13.6 when he was off the floor (108.4 offensive; 94.8 defensive).

Now, numbers don't tell the whole story. Kris Humphries also has some bad on/off splits in the post-All-Star sample, but the eye test tells you he's playing better recently.

Can the same be said for Green, who remains up and down with his production? When you separate the good from the bad, it's clear it has little to do with scoring output.

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Rapid Reaction: Lakers 101, Celtics 92

February, 22, 2014
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LOS ANGELES -- Rapid reaction after the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics 101-92 on Friday night at Staples Center:

THE nitty-gritty: MarShon Brooks exacted revenge on his former team by scoring 10 fourth-quarter points as the Lakers rallied from a 13-point deficit over the final 15 minutes. Brooks, playing his first game for Los Angeles, scored 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting in 23 minutes. Kent Bazemore, also acquired from the Golden State Warriors in a swap for Steve Blake, added 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Brandon Bass scored 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting with eight rebounds, while Jared Sullinger had a double-double (12 points, 12 rebounds). Jeff Green scored 11 of his team-high 21 points in the first quarter.

Turning point: The Celtics were up 11 entering the final frame, but it was Brooks (honestly) who spearheaded the Lakers' comeback. After scoring the final basket of the third quarter, he registered four field goals in the first 3½ minutes of the fourth as the Lakers surged ahead. It was Bazemore who hit a 3-pointer to put the Lakers up seven with little more than four minutes to go and left Boston scrambling for a timeout. Boston never got closer than five the rest of the way.

Loose balls: The Celtics were outscored 38-18 in the fourth quarter. … The Celtics shot 39.2 percent overall (38-of-97), while the Lakers shot 48.2 percent (40-of-83). … Boston missed 18 of 22 3-pointers it put up (18.2 percent). … A quiet night for Rajon Rondo: six points, 11 assists, six rebounds over 34:16. … Joel Anthony was a healthy DNP for Boston.

What it means: The Celtics (19-37) lost their third straight and flip-flopped spots in the league standings with the Lakers (19-36). Boston now owns the NBA's fifth-worst winning percentage (.339). The Celtics will visit the Sacramento Kings, the team with the fourth-worst winning percentage (.333), on Saturday on the second night of a back-to-back. Boston's four-game trip wraps up on Monday in Utah.

Green finds his range vs. Bucks

February, 10, 2014
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Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green provided his latest tantalizing offensive effort Monday, flirting with his third 30-point outing in the past 10 games as he went for 29 points on 11-of-22 shooting in a 102-86 triumph over the basement-dwelling Milwaukee Bucks.

Green scored 11 fourth-quarter points to help the Celtics race away and it was in that stretch that he provided maybe the most encouraging individual sign by consistently knocking down a mid-range jumper that's been no friend of his this season.

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Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY SportsJeff Green, who scored 11 fourth-quarter points, was 5-of-6 from mid-range.
Green finished 5-of-6 shooting in the mid-range on Monday night, an intriguing glimpse considering Green has been shooting just 31.4 percent from mid-range this season (55 of 175).

We know Green can score going at the basket. He's excellent in the corner, shooting nearly 40 percent from that spot beyond the arc this season. But the Celtics and coach Brad Stevens have put a heavy emphasis recently on getting Green shots in the mid-range, both on catch-and-shoot opportunities coming off screens and in the pick-and-roll.

Struggling with his shot a bit early on Monday night, Green drew the ire of Stevens when he passed up an open look off a screen late in the first half. Stevens implored Green and his teammates to take those open looks in the second half and it's a big reason why Boston raced away in the final frame.

The usual disclaimers apply to Monday's game: The Bucks were playing without much of their primary talent and own just nine wins this season (two of which came at the expense of Boston). You can nitpick that, despite his excellent offensive night, the 6-foot-9 Green managed to grab just one rebound in 44 minutes, when 5-foot-11 Phil Pressey doubled that total.

But let's focus on the good here, not the bad. Green realized early on that his 3-point shot wasn't falling and got himself going by being aggressive going to the basket. As Celtics fans know all too well, Green has a propensity to stop attacking the basket, but his consistency in the mid-range ensured he was an offensive factor the entire game against Milwaukee.

Maybe the most encouraging sequence came early in the fourth quarter. Boston owned a two-point lead entering the frame and got a defensive stop out of the gates. Green then took a little handoff from rookie Kelly Olynyk at the top of the circle and used the rookie as a screen for a 17-foot jumper.

Green registered a steal at the other end of the floor and, when he couldn't find an outlet pass, dribbled the ball up the court himself. Sensing he had rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo on his heels, Green pulled up for an 18-foot jumper from the right side that forced Milwaukee to call timeout.

Green's a different player when he's confident in his shot and he made some big ones in the fourth frame, including a 3-pointer off a pretty dish from Jerryd Bayless, a tough baseline fadeaway and a strong right-handed drive when he caught a mismatch.

There will be those who joke that Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge should have been working the phones after Monday's game. Green is seemingly only increasing his potential trade value with offensive outbursts like this and, if the Celtics believe he's reached his ceiling, then it might be in their best interest to explore what a contender might be willing to give up for him.

But it's nights like Monday that also leave you wondering if there is more to Green. This is the sort of output many expected when the Celtics were without Rajon Rondo at the start of the season and Green was forced to be the focal point. Two of Green's biggest outings recently have come in games that Rondo sat out on the second night of back-to-backs.

Which, of course, makes you wonder just how much Green could thrive when the Celtics do have a rust-removed Rondo, a healthy Avery Bradley and an emerging Jared Sullinger. Could Green finally meet the pundits' lofty expectations when some of the spotlight is off of him?

The only discouraging aspect of his recent emergence is that, over the last 10 games, Boston still owns an offensive rating of just 96.8 when Green is on the floor. That number does spike to 102.4 in Boston's five wins in that span, but it's at 89.9 in the losses, speaking to the inconsistencies that fans lament with Green.

What's undeniable is that, rebounding aside, Green is having an excellent February. We're seeing progress that wasn't always on display earlier this season. The questions are can he keep it up as the competition gets better and, if offers for his services trickle in, is Boston committed to keeping him around to find out?
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Video: The Crossover -- Jeff Green

February, 6, 2014
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Sprint recently introduced "The Crossover," a video series featuring stories about NBA players that takes fans beyond the game and gives them an inside look at players’ lives beyond the court. In this episode, Boston's Jeff Green and his father, Jeff Sr., discuss his career:


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