Friday, April 19, 2013
Green's role for C's in 2013 NBA playoffs
By Tom Carpenter
The Boston Celtics are set to battle the New York Knicks in the first round of the playoffs, and Marc Berman of the New York Post spoke to a couple of scouts who believe that Jeff Green will be the key to the series.
“(Green) has to step up,’’ said an Atlantic Division scout. “In the second half, Green started to become the player that signed a $35M contract. But he’s been back and forth between a disappearing act and a guy who you say 'Wow he’s terrific!' They need his emergence and to play up to his potential.’’
“He is an X-factor,’’ said a Central Division scout. “He had a pretty good finish and is a tough matchup for the Knicks, with his young legs. You know what you’re going to get out of Pierce. You don’t know what you’re going to get out of Green.’’
In 15 starts at forward in the latter weeks of the season, Green averaged 19.7 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.8 blocks and 51.4 FG%, which shows his tremendous overall upside. However, his game-to-game production lacked consistency. To wit, Green's scoring in April was all over the place: 9, 17, 25, 11, 8, 23, 34, 10.
In the end, ESPN NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh doesn't think the C's have the requisite offensive firepower to take down the Knicks:
Tom HaberstrohPlayoff preview: Predicting the East
"If Garnett and Paul Pierce turn back the clock and move without limitations, they can take this series. The ageless duo always seems to flip the switch come playoff time. But either way, I'm not convinced that even a healthier Celtics squad can score enough (20th since Rondo's injury) to take advantage of the Knicks' middling defense (tied for 16th). The Knicks should win their first playoff series since 2000, but it might take seven games to get there."