Green: "It means a lot" to be a starter

Green: "It means a lot" to be a starter
April 6, 2013, 10:15 am
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BOSTON -- Jeff Green is often tight-lipped before games, keeping to himself while he silently listens to music at his locker.

Friday, though, he held court prior to the Boston Celtics match up against the Cleveland Cavaliers. This week Doc Rivers said Green would remain in the starting lineup, and with that came plenty to discuss with the swingman.

On earning a spot in the starting rotation: "It means a lot. All the hard work I put in to get back on the court, all I've been through the previous year, it means a lot. It shows that hard work does pay off. But I'm never content with where I'm at. I'm going to continue to work, I'm going to continue to get better. … It wasn't a priority (to become a starter). It's not about how you start, it's about how you finish. I want to be in the game at the end of the game. For me, it's just about finishing."

On taking late-game shots: "I've always been comfortable doing that. I've just been open and my teammates have been finding me. … I just take what's given and try to put my team in the best position to win… You're going to miss some, you're going to make some. But you've got to take them, that's how you get better. … You've always got to have confidence in yourself that you can make that shot."

On playing the two-position: "It's just a position on the court. It doesn't define me. I go out there and play hard. … I wasn't in the best shape coming in. I had never played the two and I wasn't comfortable with it at the time. Now, it's a different story. … I'm just more comfortable, that's the only thing that changed. I never had the opportunity in the previous years in my career to play the two. In Oklahoma I was strictly the four, came here, played the three and the four. Guarding the two's a different mindset. (Doc Rivers) put me in positions where I've had to guard them so I'm just playing hard and doing my best."

On being 6-9 and matching up with smaller guards: "It works both ways. I'm always at a disadvantage when I'm guarding a smaller guy. I'm 6-9 guarding guys like Kyrie Irving, Wayne Ellington -- I say them because that's who we play today. Other than that, they've got to guard me on the other end. It's going to be tough both ways. I've just got to play hard and see what comes throughout the game. … Just deny the ball, try to get it out their hands, and when they shoot, try to make it tough on them."

On whether he is playing the best basketball of his life: "I don't know, my life's not done. I've just been more consistent, I think that's the biggest thing."