The Boston Celtics had lost five straight games, seven of their past nine and were looking as if they would fall all the way to eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Jeff Green finally gave them a positive Wednesday night after a rough stretch.
Sure, they were taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers, who continue to play without their three best players, but the hosting Cavs were giving them a rough go about it, and Boston was doing everything possible to let Cleveland walk away with this one.
Green was having a rough defensive night, Paul Pierce was very up and down and Brandon Bass was the only consistent option they had on the offensive end.
Finally, Boston stepped up in the fourth, and Green scored nine of his 21 points, including the game-winning layup that fell just as the buzzer sounded for a 93-92 victory.
Jeff Green's buzzer-beater was 1st Celtics buzzer beater (no time on clock) since Paul Pierce hit one to beat Heat in 2010 playoffs— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 28, 2013
Jeff Green just reversed every narrative ever.— Paul Flannery (@Pflanns) March 28, 2013
Jeff Green for President!!! Lol— Courtney Lee (@CourtneyLee2211) March 28, 2013
Green missing that shot would have meant an endless barrage of speculation on the Celtics, their long odds in the playoffs and what they could possibly do this summer to fix their team.
Sure, the shot fell and landed them a mere one-point win over the woeful Cavaliers, but a one-point win can dramatically change things.