TV analyst Ainge compares Green's struggles to Pierce

TV analyst Ainge compares Green's struggles to Pierce
April 9, 2014, 9:45 pm
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Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined Mike Gorman, and former Celtic guard Chris Herren, as analysts on CSNNE's telecast of the C's game at Atlanta on Wednesday night.

One of the players Ainge talked about is the much-talked-about Jeff Green, who Ainge said "can't be the No. 1 guy on a championship team, but he can be an important piece on a championship team.

"We've tried to expand Jeff's game, have him take shots with more efficiency, shoot more 3s off the dribble, which aren't as high percentage as he's used to," Ainge said "So, his percentages have gone down a little bit, but we like that he's taking those shots.

"People forget that KG, Paul [Pierce] and [Ray] Allen all strugged when they were on non-playoff teams before they got to Boston," Ainge said in comparing them to Green. "Even though they had good numbers here and there, they didn't have consistently good numbers until they got back together. Jeff needs help."