Green: 'We didn't bring it' vs. Timberwolves

Green: 'We didn't bring it' vs. Timberwolves
November 17, 2013, 1:15 am
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When you get beat by 18 points, chances are pretty good that the loss didn't come about because of one player.

But when your leading scorer doesn't make a single field goal all game, well that's about as good a place as any to start in dissecting what happened.

Jeff Green, Boston's top scorer this season, didn't hold back when breaking down the Celtics' 106-88 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"We just looked liked (expletive)," Green told reporters after his 2-point, 0-for-6 shooting performance. "That's all it was. We played like (expletive). Plain and simple."

Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters earlier that he thought Boston collectively ran out of gas in the second half.

"I mean, he ain't gotta make an excuse for it," Green said when told of Stevens' comments. "It's on us to bring it every night and we didn't."

Green is right of course.

But part of "bringing it" involves getting the ball into the hands of the best players like Green who is averaging a team-best 15.5 points per game.

There were far too many possessions where the Celtics didn't make a point of getting it to Green.

And when that wasn't happening, Green didn't assert himself nearly enough in demanding the ball or sticking with what usually works for him - attacking the rim first which then opens up his game from the perimeter.

It all added up to a Celtics team that found itself getting little to no offensive production from their best player.

Not sure which was the bigger surprise, Green not making a single shot or the fact that he only had six field goal attempts.

Certainly some of the credit for his struggles has to go to Minnesota's defenders, namely Corey Brewer.

"We put our best defender on him in Corey Brewer," Minnesota's Kevin Martin, who had 20 points and six rebounds, told Comcast SportsNet's Abby Chin. "We made him play in traffic. That's what you have to do with a high scorer like Jeff."

Inside the Celtics locker room after the game, there were plenty of factors that contributed to the loss.

Jordan Crawford has done a solid job at the point all season, but never seemed to get a firm grip on the action Saturday night. He was 4-for-14 shooting, finishing with 10 points and five assists with three turnovers.

Jared Sullinger had just three points and four rebounds on Saturday after tallying a career-high 26 points the previous night against Portland.

But their struggles were overshadowed by Green's poor play.

And there was some finger-pointing going on afterwards among some Celtics players.

No, not at Green but rather themselves for not getting him the ball more often.

"We as a team, we have to get him going a little more," said Avery Bradley who had a season-high 27 points on Saturday. "He's a good player. I feel as his teammates, to me our best player, we have to get him going."