Jeff Green is a laid-back person by nature, and he has been criticized in the past for being too laid-back, too passive, on the court.
But as a defacto leader for Boston's second unit -- through two preseason European exhibition games, at least -- it appears as though his aggressiveness and leadership is starting to shine through.
"I gotta be a leader," Green said after the C's win in Milan on Sunday. "I gotta be able to play both ends, lead by example. I gotta learn from the guys ahead of me. I have future Hall of Famers in front of me to learn from: Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. There's a future Hall of Famer in Rajon Rondo and Jason Terry. I have a lot of people to look up to as far as leadership. So far through two games i think i'm doing a good job."
Doc Rivers said that he likes how Green has ben playing as one of the leaders of the second unit, but he believes he can be effective as a role player with the starters as well. It all comes down to his health and his familiarity in the system.
"I think it just benefits that he's had a training camp," Rivers said. "He's healthy, he knows all the guys now. It's not like coming into a strange team. I just think he's a comfortable player. I think when he plays with the starters he'll be just as effective because he'll be the 3rd or 4th guy that they're worried about defensively. When he's with the second unit, he may be the first guy but he's still being effective."
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WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
This season, all-NBA first team defender is the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.