Re: It's time for Green to start
posted at 12/9/2012 3:00 PM EST
mixing to guard particular big guards is one thing, but of course green can't play the 2. first, he's 6 "9". there's a reason why there have been almost no one that height who has played the guard position. because you have to be super skilled and agile to do so. green is not suited for the 2 or the 4. given the celtics make-up there are times when he has to play with pierce, and this will continue, but even with garnett or wilcox on the court you're basically playing with a glorified power forward and two small forwards. the suggestion that pierce should play the 2 is equally silly. the guys is 35 years old and a step slow. at the top of his game he wouldn't have been able to stay with most 2s, let alone now. evan turner is essentially a 3 so he's a little different than most of the league, although Harden, Wade, Ginobilli, and Bryant are all bigger twos so it's not like it's a complete non-issue. paul george is another swing guy who is more of a small forward. again, specific cases where the match-ups might be an ongoing issue in a series might dictate some switching, but this is mostly an issue with rondo and terry on the court at the same time. and ven ethen terry is a vet who is very much used to guarding bigger players in prime time moments.
the real issue is that the team is short at least one legit big guy, and would be stronger with two. all you want out of the second big guy is a twelfth man who can come in and play short minutes and use up some fouls. collins would fill that role if he was even vaguely serviceable. the big thing though is to obtain a legit starting center. then it's not so bad if wilcox and garnett fill the back-up center minutes.
in terms of guards, the celtics can be okay with rondo, terry, AB, and barbosa. barbosa and terry are not true point guards, but rondo will play 40 minutes plus a night in the playoffs. AB is not a true pg either, but he might ultimately be the best option there to play the BU minutes when it counts. ideally, in place of barbosa you'd have a true back-up PG who can actually run the offense and distribute in a real way, but the plus side is there is some versatility to this back-court. Those questioning AB's ability to defende against bigger guards should take another look at him when he gets back. He can play any guard in the league. Joe Johnson at 6 "7" is a streak shooter who is a tough guard for anyone in the way that someone like Steve Smith was because rarely are guys that big as fluid with the ball, but Smith had a better game closer to the basket. Johnson's game is dependent on his shooting and if he's really on there's not much anyone can do. he'll also go 3-15 some nights (as evidenced by his 41% shooting this year).
it doesn't matterv of green starts or not. it's just that he needs to play, more, consistent minutes - something that will happen if he keeps up his current play. he still needs to be more activein the glass, however. they need five or 6 a night from him. not 3.