A player who wins the dunk contest likely doesn’t lack confidence, but confidence was the difference for Gerald Green and the Celtics in Wednesday night’s win over the Knicks.
“A lot of times we lose the lead and put our heads down,” said Green. “Today we didn’t. They were in it the whole second half, but we didn’t put our heads down. We kept playing.”
Green was confident with his shot against New York to the tune of 21 points on 6 of 9 shooting.
“Gerald Green hit some big-time shots,” said Al Jefferson. “Right when they go down there and make a big shot, Gerald comes right back and hit another one.”
Green deflected the praise of Jefferson and Celtics captain Paul Pierce.
“I feel like playing with a leader every day, with him (Pierce) always encouraging me, I feel like I learn something new every day. Today I learned something new with a great leader like Paul Pierce.”
“The atmosphere is always great here,” he said. “I think we have the best fans in the whole world. They’re with us day in and day out. So we were glad to get a win at home.”