Green, Wallace make solid tandem for Celtics

Green, Wallace make solid tandem for Celtics
October 21, 2013, 10:15 am
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MONTREAL — There wasn't much to like about Boston's 104-89 preseason loss to Minnesota on Sunday.

But one of the few positives taken away from the game was the play of Jeff Green and Gerald Wallace, who saw more action together than they had previously. Their ability to impact the game at both ends of the floor was instrumental in Boston remaining within striking distance most of the first three quarters against the Timberwolves.

Green came off the bench to score 12 points while Wallace got the start and led all Celtics with 16 points.

Even more significant than their scoring was the fact that they logged more than 14 minutes of court time together and the Celtics were an impressive plus-9 with them on the court.

Boston head coach Brad Stevens didn't have plus-minus ratios immediately on hand following the loss, but he didn't need them. It was clear to him and all who watched the game that the Green-Wallace tandem was good.

"Based on how it went (Sunday), I would say you will probably see that again," Stevens said.

Green was especially solid at both ends of the floor, reminding all that he still remembers how to effectively attack the rim as well as knock down 3-pointers.

Defensively, Green was all over the floor as he defended a range of players that included small forward Derrick Williams and point guard Ricky Rubio.
"Only a handful that can do that," Green said of wing forwards guarding Rubio. "Myself, Gerald and some other guys. It's me working to become a better player on both ends."

And teaming up with Wallace, Green says, helps.

"He is one I look up to," Green said of Wallace. "He plays hard. He gets me going."

Because of their similar size (Green is 6-foot-9, Wallace is 6-7), one of the two usually has either a smaller defender on them or a player with more size but slower.

Either way, it provides the Celtics with a rare matchup in their favor.

"It was a great opportunity to play with him," Wallace said. "I think we can only get better with time, more time playing together. (Sunday), we did pretty good together."