Doc on Jeff Green being a permanent starter: "I think he's earned that"
For those wondering whether Jeff Green would stay in the starting line-up following the return of Kevin Garnett - wonder no more.
From Celtics practice today, via Gary Washburn.
Doc says Jeff Green is a permanent starter. “I think he’s earned that,” Rivers said. Green could start at various positions #celtics
— gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) April 4, 2013
Green has been one of the best players in basketball over his last ten games, averaging 21.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1 steal per game while shooting 55% from the field and 53% from three point range. Considering he found himself as a starter in eight of those games - it's nearly impossible to justify Courtney Lee or Brandon Bass starting over him.
Considering Doc's post-game comments last night, it appears he wants to shift Paul Pierce to the 2-guard spot and plug in Green at the 3, opposed to one of the two playing the power forward position. Considering how much of a ball handling/distributor role Pierce has played since Rondo went down, this makes a lot of sense.
Interestingly enough the Celtics best line-up this season has actually been Bradley-Lee-Pierce-Green-Bass, with the five-some outscoring their opponents by a whopping 31.5 points per 100 possessions. Not that the Celtics ideal line-up would ever not include KG, but it's interesting to see that a line-up with Green at the 4-spot has been that effective.
I'm sure that Green will see plenty of time at both positions going forward, especially now that there's a bump in playing time coming his way. And that can only be classified as great news considering how well he's played of late.