Jeff Green: ‘Being aggressive’ turns out to be his niche
|11.24.12 at 9:47 am ET|
Doc Rivers told Jeff Green Friday morning during shootaround to “just go play” and everything else will take care of itself.
Green went out and make Rivers look very smart as he scored 17 points and showed a driving and cutting game not seen in his game this year as the Celtics beat the Thunder, 108-100, Friday night at TD Garden.
“I was aggressive, attacking the rim,” Green said. “Just trying to make plays, and you know got to the free throw line a couple times. Got an and one, just being aggressive that’s what I gotta do. I just gotta find my niche and I just gotta to work at it and continue to stay positive and continue to be aggressive.”
The reason Rivers wanted Green to play instinctively was because he knows how good he can be when plays break down.
“I thought Jeff Green was spectacular,” Rivers said. It’s funny, I think the two plays that I called for him. He didn’t score on those. He scored on all the plays that wasn’t his and that’s what we kept telling him he has to do. Stop waiting for us to call it, go get it, and I thought he did that. A lot of good efforts.”
“You still gotta do what you gotta do and you do whatever it takes for your team to win,” Green said.
Green even helped out on defending Kevin Durant, guarding him when the second unit was on the floor.
“He still got 29 [points], Green said out of humility. “We just tried to make every shot for him tough. He’s [darn] near seven feet, but the handle that he’s got and the way he can shoot it’s tough. So you just gotta make every shot for him tough.”
Making him work defensively-“You got to, you got to. You gotta make him play both ends. We got him in foul trouble. We gotta be aggressive, we can’t allow him to relax at all on the defensive end.”
What did Green learn about how good the Celtics can be?
“We are one hell of a defensive team when we are in sync and that’s how we gotta be each game,” Green said.