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Despite ups and downs, Jeff Green says he's still Celtics top go-to option

Posted by Baxter Holmes, Globe Staff  November 23, 2013 09:41 AM

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Before the season, Jeff Green was tabbed as the Celtics’ “go-to” player.

Green is leading the team in scoring at 15.2 points per game, but he has been inconsistent, a trait that has been attached to him for years.

For instance, after scoring in double digits for seven straight games, he scored just 2 in a loss at Minnesota Nov. 16 and then just 4 a few days later in a loss at Houston.

In Green’s eyes, though, he’s still the team’s go-to player.

“Yeah, for sure,” he said recently. “I’m going to always feel like that, no matter what.”

Green scored 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting against the Pacers, his first game of 20 or more points since he scored 24 Nov. 9 at Miami, when he hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Green said that coach Brad Stevens “draws up the plays. I just try to play my part in doing what I have to do. I can’t ask for the ball every time. I’ve just got to find other ways to figure things out for myself.”

Green, 27 and in his sixth season, said this role is a huge adjustment from the past.

“Now all the attention is on me,” Green said. “I’ve been the guy who has been the third option most of my career. Now, it starts with me, in my eyes. But we’ve got to figure it out as a team how we can get past that and how we can win as a team.”

Pacers center Roy Hibbert played with Green for three seasons at Georgetown and said he has faith that Green can be the No. 1 option.

“I just tell him it’s his team, you’re always going to have growing pains,” Hibbert said. “I had growing pains the past couple of years and they have a good GM, a good president, so they’re going to bring good, quality players depending on the cap. He’s a good player. I wish him the best, just not against us.”

Green’s top scoring average at Georgetown was 14.3, achieved during his junior (and final) season.

“At Georgetown, he played within the offense, did a lot of great things for us, but the NBA is different,” Hibbert said. “The first couple of years, he was in Seattle/OKC with Kevin Durant and Russell [Westbrook], how do you tell somebody to take over?

“And then you’re playing with Paul [Pierce] and [Kevin Garnett] the past couple of years, two Hall of Famers, how are you going to tell somebody to take over?

“This is his first opportunity, so he’ll learn, still young. I have the utmost faith in him.”

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