Tempering expectations for Green

Tempering expectations for Green
February 6, 2014, 7:45 pm
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Jeff Green's 36-point performance against the Philadelphia 76ers, his third 30-plus-point game of the season, may have Celtics fans wondering why it doesn't happen more often.

Still, a nightly breakout scoring game isn't what Celtics coach Brad Stevens is expecting.

"At the end of the day, he's having a great year from the standpoint of statistically [16.3 points per game]," Stevens said at practice Thursday. "When people have 39- or 36-point games that opens everyone's eyes. Kevin Durant doesn't average 36 points a game. Lebron James doesn't. People are gonna have great nights but hopefully, he can continue to build."

CSNNE.com Celtics insider A. Sherrod Blakely said now that point guard Rajon Rondo is rounding into form after recovering from knee surgery, he'll look to distribute the ball more, so the occasional breakout game from Green might become ever rarer."

"Your not going to see those 35-point games every couple of weeks," Blakely said. "Jeff Green is a impact player no doubt about it, but the more you see Rajon Rondo out there means you're going to see Rondo be very selective and get more people involved."