Green's aggressive game too much for Cavs

Green's aggressive game too much for Cavs
November 30, 2013, 12:00 am
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Jeff Green drives to the basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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BOSTON — From the opening minutes on Friday night, Jeff Green was on the attack.

And as the Boston Celtics continued to pour on the strong play in the fourth quarter, there was Green still in full blown attack mode.

Green has had his share of big games this season, but rarely has he played with a such a high level of aggression over the course of an entire game.

And the end result was a dominant 104-86 Boston win over Cleveland which snapped a four-game losing streak at home.

Just as important as the win was how it came about.

Every player head coach Brad Stevens turned to, was able to come up with a solid performance.

But it was Green's non-stop, on-the-attack brand of basketball that proved to be too much for the Cavaliers to handle.

"I'm just taking what the defense gives me," said Green who led all scorers with 31 points. "I'm just taking what is there."

There will certainly be skeptics who'll see Green's performance as just another good game against a bad team.

Cleveland (4-12) has now lost five in a row and eight of their last nine games, showing little to no signs of improvement.

While there's some truth in that this was one of the weaker teams on the Celtics schedule this month, there's no denying that the variety of skills Green displayed on Friday had a certain consistency about them that hasn't always been there even on big scoring nights in the past.

But for head coach Brad Stevens, there have been a number of signs of late that leading up to Friday's performance, gave him the confidence that Green's game is trending towards more consistency.

"You can tell he's really locked in, really focused and really doing a good job," Stevens said. "His work in practice has been really good, you can tell it's kind of ... sometimes the regular season takes place and you get locked even more. Some guys might get tired, some guys might get more entrenched in it - he looks like he gets more entrenched in it."

Boston's Jordan Crawford is among those who believes an aggressive Green makes all of the Celtics' jobs a lot easier.

"That's big for him," said Crawford who had his third career triple-double on Friday with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists - many to Green. "Every game he comes out aggressive from the jump, he has a great game. We stay in his ear about staying aggressive, attacking. So it's good for us."