Re: Is Jeff Green Improving?
posted at 12/18/2012 7:51 AM EST
In response to Petey62's comment:
You know, I hear a Paul Pierce slight ankle injury coming (not serious) that, as a precaution, may put Pierce out a couple games. What Doc should have done, like Popovich, is select games in advance where Pierce (and KG) would not play and thus allow Jeff Green to get minutes to see what he can do. Part of Green's problem is that when he finally gets into a rythym, Doc takes him out for Pierce.
Doc has got to find significant minutes for Green before January 15 so we can decide what we have. If Green is a player who could be part of a trade package, we have to find a way to increase his value to make him attractive to prospective trade partners.
I like the guy and agree he is immensely talented but honestly, it's yet to be determined if he's a good fit with the Celtics. Maybe, just maybe, Jeff Green might not turn out to be a good fit in Boston. If he's not, we need to showcase him. I doubt we will lose any more games doing that that we would have won otherwise.
Doc does this every year. He does not utilze players early in the season when it's the best time to do it.
Lets not compare Doc to Pops.. two different levels imo.
I agree with you 100% that JG needs long stretches of minutes. Id like to see him out there without Rondo half the time as well.
Remember JG was the go-to-guy during preseason with the 2nd unit and shined. That worked so well that Doc stopped using it as soon as the season began. Doc is no Pops!!
I like your idea of sitting KG/PP for a game here and there.. like back-2-backs. These two already showing signs of wearing down by their performances.. esp PP, who plays well, then poorly etc etc. The big picture is always the playoffs and KG/PP will only help us so much there... a few good games, a few weak ones... we can maybe improve that ratio and improve out team by resting them more and letting their backups get minutes and build whatever chemistry they can.