The Boston Celtics are really shaking up the starting lineup after their 0-2 start against the Chicago Bulls as Gerald Green will get his first start this season in game 3 tonight:
Gerald Green will start tonight in place of Amir Johnson, per Brad Stevens.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 21, 2017
The Celtics will be giving up some more size with the move from Amir to Gerald, but coach Brad Stevens says that Green will help in two big areas of need for the C's:
Brad Stevens on why Gerald Green: "Shooting and length and athleticism."— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) April 21, 2017
Amir has been pretty ineffective this series and a change at his spot isn't necessarily surprising, but since it's Gerald replacing him it is. Perhaps by going with Green, and essentially moving Jae Crowder to the 4, the Celtics are going to try and move Bulls big man Robin Lopez away from the basket as much as possible since he'll now be matched up with Al Horford.
The news of Rajon Rondo being out tonight, and potentially the rest of the series, with a fractured thumb apparently wasn't enough of a game-changer for Stevens and he's decided to throw a changeup to start the game.
It's been over 10 years since Gerald has started a game for the Celtics:
Gerald Green's last start for the Celtics was on April 13th...— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) April 21, 2017
Gerald Green on his first start of year: "It's a must-win, by any means necessary." pic.twitter.com/JovWpjWnA6— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) April 21, 2017
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