Green admits he wasn't aggressive for Celtics

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Green admits he wasn't aggressive for Celtics

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @sherrodbcsn
With a roster full of Hall-of-Fame bound talent around him, Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green was smart enough to know he couldn't come in and immediately look to take over.

But in a radio interview on Thursday, Green acknowledged that he should have looked to assert himself more.

"I should have been more aggressive when I look back on it now," Green told ESPN 980 in Washington, DC. "That's what they brought me in for."

On Feb. 24, the Celtics traded Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson, to Oklahoma City for Green and Nenad Krstic.

The C's made the deal banking on Shaquille O'Neal being healthy enough to fill the void left by Perkins. But a series of injuries led to O'Neal seeing limited action in the regular season. He was an even bigger non-factor in the playoffs, logging just 12 minutes total. Last week, O'Neal announced his retirement after 19 NBA seasons.

However, the addition of Green was supposed to bolster a Celtics bench that could have used a versatile player to play both forward positions. This was particularly important at the small forward position. After Marquis Daniels' season-ending spinal cord injury, Boston had no true backup for Paul Pierce until they traded for Green.

While Green had his moments, the aggressiveness that he played with at Georgetown and later, Oklahoma City, was there only in short, inconsistent bursts.

"Being a young guy in this league," said Green, who averaged 9.8 points off the bench for the Celtics, "it's tough coming in where you got Kevin Garnett on one side, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo now who's been with that team for a long time. It was tough for me to come in and be 'the man,' coming off the bench, it was tough. In my mind, I'm thinking, 'Those guys preach, sharing the ball, sharing the ball.' It was kind of, 'You gotta be aggressive . . .' but I didn't want to step on anybody's toes. Now I look back at it now, I should have taken it for a grain of salt and take my slice of the pie. I don't think I did that when I came into that situation."

Even though he only played in 26 regular-season games plus nine playoff games with the Celtics, Green made quite an impression on Garnett.

"Jeff is probably one of the most versatile guys I've been around," Garnett said this past season. "He does a lot of things that, he just makes it look simple. I can't put it into words right now. I'm glad he's an addition to our team."

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Thomas (groin) out Wednesday vs. Magic

Thomas (groin) out Wednesday vs. Magic

The Boston Celtics are used to this playing without a key starter thing, so tonight’s game at Orlando won’t be all that different than most of their games this season.
 
Isaiah Thomas will not play tonight against the Magic due to a right groin injury he suffered in Monday’s 107-106 loss at Houston.
 
Thomas flew back to Boston Tuesday night.
 
Head coach Brad Stevens told reporters he is leaning towards having Marcus Smart, who filled in earlier for an injured Jae Crowder, start in place of Thomas.
 
The injury occurred in the second quarter of the Rockets game, but Thomas continued to play on as he knocked down a 3-point shot just moments after he first began grimacing while holding the groin.
 
Following the loss, Thomas acknowledged the injury did bother him for the rest of the game as he finished with 20 points on 7-for-18 shooting.
 
“A few drives I didn’t have the lift,” Thomas told reporters. “It is what it is. I’ll figure it out.”
 
Thomas, who was named to his first all-star team last season, has been even more dynamic offensively this year.
 
He leads the Celtics with a career-high 26 points per game and has been ranked among the NBA’s top 10 scorers most of this season.
 
It is too soon to tell if the injury will sideline him for one game, or whether he’ll be out for an extended period of time.

 

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