It was the starting unit, for the most part, who contributed to last night's victory. The bench combined for just eight of the team's total points.
At the forefront of this was Jeff Green, who scored just four points on 2-of-4 shooting in 17 minutes of play. Green was brought to Boston for a number of reasons—his length, versatility, athleticism and experience in the Western Conference make him a perennial X-factor—but his primary function will be to score the ball.
Since arriving, Green's performances have been spotty. It's not his fault, however, as his role has been very vague and ambiguous since joining the team.
At times, Green has looked like the dominant offensive player that the Celtics traded for, and the talent is most definitely there. However, his performance and his general involvement with each game have been inconsistent.
Make no mistake about it: The Celtics will need Jeff Green playing well to bring home another championship, but it's up to his teammates and the coaching staff to get him more involved in the offense.
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Involving Green in the pick-and-roll offense and the screen system that the Celtics often utilize is an easy way to simplify the game for him.
Since Green's role has been unclear, the more basic approach he takes the more involved he'll be in the Celtics offense. The game becomes easier to understand when it's stripped down to the most fundamental level.
Green has the athleticism to power over or weave his way through a stream of defenders in the paint. He also has the ability to pop out for a jump shot. His skill set can certainly be utilized in this manner, so it's not as if the Celtics would be fitting a square peg into a round hole.
Kendrick Perkins' biggest value to the Celtics offensively was his ability to set solid screens. If Green can pick up the slack in this department, he'll find himself on the receiving end of some well-timed passes and easy buckets.
This one's fairly simple.
Jeff Green is a walking mismatch. When he's on the floor as a small forward, he's almost always at a size advantage.
The Celtics have taken advantage of this fact in the past. Green operates very well around the basket, so it's only logical to give him the ball in the post against a smaller defender.
When Green gets the ball down low, he's shooting the ball at a much higher success rate. Green is the type of player who scores in bunches, so he's liable to go on a run if he can get a couple of easy hoops around the rim.
Green's biggest issue in fitting into the Celtics offense is that there isn't really a scoring void to be filled off the bench. Glen, "Big Baby" Davis has been fairly consistent in that department all year.
Davis has had to carry a second unit that has seen injury and a high rate of turnover for virtually the entire season. He's been the only constant fixture on the bench, and he's often been the one asked to carry the offensive load.
Davis is averaging 10.3 shots per game, a fairly healthy number for a sixth man. His game is diverse, and he scores the ball in a variety of different ways.
Since Baby was already established when Green came to Boston, Green was often left standing in the corner while Baby worked his one-on-one post magic. Since Baby often has the ball in his hands, it's been harder for a newbie like Green to get integrated.
However, the Celtics could deliberately run a few offensive sets where Green is the one posting up his defender, allowing Baby to roam around the perimeter to get open for his steady mid-range jump shot.
Baby is almost as good a spot up shooter as he is a post player, and changing up the plan of attack will not only keep the opposition guessing, but it will get both Davis and Green into a healthy rhythm with each other. Green can either hit Baby with an open pass or score the ball right around the rim.
The best way to get Jeff Green involved on offense is to get stops on the defensive end.
When the Celtics get stops, they're able to get out and run in transition. With Green on the break, they'll be even deadlier.
The fast break is a big part of the OKC offense that Green played under for the last few seasons. His athleticism and speed make him incredibly hard to stop in the full-court game.
The Celtics have Rajon Rondo and Delonte West manning the point. Both are very fast and more than capable of finding Green for an easy transition look.
In this case, the best offense is a great defense.