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Green has not thrived as Boston’s first non-Paul Pierce starting 3 in 15 seasons. Green has shown flashes, as he always does, but in three preseason games, he has battled the same consistency issues that have plagued him throughout his career.
Green has logged 64 minutes—against the Knicks, Sixers and Raptors—total and averaged just 6.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists on dismal shooting splits of 28.6 percent overall and 14.3 percent from three-point range.
Besides a vicious dunk against New York, Green has failed to get much going in either contest. He missed all four of his threes against Toronto and has not had much luck creating mismatches with his shooting.
He was also dreadful against Philadelphia, going 2-of-11 and missing another four triples.
Some regression was expected from his stellar shooting down the stretch of 2012-13 and in the playoffs, but Green has simply been incapable of finding a rhythm.
Defenses have been more focused on Green than he is accustomed to, and he has not adjusted well to the pressure. He had turnovers issues and does not look great passing the ball. With the C’s expected to lean on him as a playmaker, that is a troubling development.
Fits of inconsistency are hardly anything new for Green, but with a chance to become the C’s first option offensively, many fans expected the 27-year-old wing to mature this offseason.
That has not been the case, and with Wallace playing well, there could be less minutes available for Green at the 3. This will be doubly true if the C’s want to run and use him at the 4, which he played on Oklahoma City Thunder.
Knowing Green, he’s due for a 25-point, 10-rebound explosion in the next game or two, but even that would do little to smooth over his poor play.
Green has posted a plus/minus of minus-44 through the three games and has perhaps been the biggest disappointment of the C’s preseason thus far.