Celtics’ Jeff Green is providing what Doc Rivers once ordered


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While Doc Rivers spent the week raving about his close relationship with Danny Ainge and their collaboration on many of the deals that built the Celtics, there was one they didn’t agree on.

It was the trade nearly three years ago that sent Rivers favorite Kendrick Perkins, along with Nate Robinson, to Oklahoma City for Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic, and a first-round draft pick. It’s not that Rivers didn’t want the athletic and promising Green, but he adored Perkins and his defensive presence.

Rivers rode Green during their 2½ years together, imploring him to be more aggressive, take open jumpers, and rebound with vigor.

In front of his ex-coach Wednesday night, Green showed Rivers that his encouragement to improve and become more selfish had registered.

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