BOSTON — This is the Jeff Green that Celtics Nation has come to love and loathe, all at the same time.
In the third quarter of Boston's 116-92 loss to the New York Knicks, he put the team on his back by scoring 17 of his team-high 27 points.
Then came the fourth quarter.
Anybody seen Jeff?
Yes, the best scorer on the team was a non-factor when the game truly was on the line, missing four of his five fourth-quarter shots and finishing with just two points in the final quarter of play.
And unlike recent games, there was no Rajon Rondo (rest) on the active roster to help carry some of the late-game burden, either.
While it may at times frustrate fans, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens isn't overly concerned or bothered by Green's escalator-like game that's seemingly up and down, all the time.
"I think there's a lot of guys that aren't going to score 27 a night that have capability, that have that ability to do so on a given night," Stevens said. "I think that's not unique to the league; I think the league is full of guys like that. That's really what separates the Carmelos of the world and the (Kevin) Durants and the LeBrons (James) is they can do it every, every single night."
And that is so not who Green is.
But that's OK, Stevens said.
"That's not a knock on Jeff," Stevens said, adding, "that's a compliment to those other guys. I think he's been playing pretty well."
Green leads the Celtics in scoring this season with 17 points per game.
In the month of February, he averaged 20.3 points per game which was easily his best scoring month this season.
And while he hasn't been that effective scoring the ball in March, Green is still leading the Celtics with a respectable 18.7 points a night.
Whether he scores big or misses a ton of shots, Green seems to take it all in stride.
When asked about his third quarter performance on Wednesday, Green described his play as, "just being aggressive; shots started to fall and I just continued to go at it."
And he found success; lots of success doing just that.
But as we have seen over and over again, the third quarter Jeff Green on Wednesday will show up from time to time.
But eventually he leaves, and when he does he usually leaves behind some pretty impressive numbers.
Which is reason enough to love him for that, and loathe the fact that he can't do it more consistently.