Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jeff Green, SF, Boston Celtics: C-
Like some of his teammates, Jeff Green found himself in foul trouble for a majority of this contest. He managed to log 35 minutes of burn, but didn't do much during his time on the floor.
Green shot 3-of-11 from the floor for 10 points and failed to provide the offensive spark he did in Game 1. He also finished with just one rebound, immensely troubling considering the size advantage he has at his position.
Don't even get me started on his defense. Oh wait, too late.
I get that the Celtics prefer not to double Carmelo Anthony. They'll gladly let him get his points. But when he's on fire and it's late in the game, you've got to provide some help, especially when the no-longer-as-agile Paul Pierce finds himself defending the NBA's leading scorer.
Green didn't. He appeared like he wanted to, but didn't. Instead, he was often caught defending, well, no one. He cheated off his man as if he was going to provide some help, yet never did.
He did a nice job scoring in transition in the first half, though. So I guess there's that.
Iman Shumpert, SF, New York Knicks: B-
Iman Shumpert is the latest hot-and-cold act the league houses. There are points when he comes on strong, and others when he just disappears.
For most of the game, Shumpert wasn't involved on the offensive end. He did, however, open the third quarter with two threes that tied the game. And then he disappeared again.
Shumpert did resurface (on offense) for a brief second. He failed to convert a layup at the buzzer to end the third, and it appeared he may have hurt himself a bit. The Shumpert of last year would have dunked that, so I'm not shy about speculating his head just isn't right yet.
And we're berating Derrick Rose for taking his time.
But I digress.
Shumpert's defense was passable, but not great. He had trouble setting his feet when guarding the dribble and was falling for up-fakes he's normally all over.
Here's to hoping we see more of the third-quarter Shump in Game 3.