Jeff Green didn't nearly live up to expectations after he was traded to the Celtics by the Oklahoma City Thunder for Kendrick Perkins, and according to a Yahoo! report, the pressure of joining a veteran-laden championship contender didn't help.
"Theyve been together for a number of years," Green said of the Celtics. "Theyve already won a championship, theyve already have a system, they already have their chemistry and that bond on that team. It was tough to go into that situation."
Green is currently a restricted free agent, and it's uncertain whether he will have a chance to redeem himself in Boston whenever the lockout ends.
It's a wonder whether he'll even want to. There was pressure on him to be a versatile scorer and a reliable defender on the wing for the Celtics' stretch run. He was expected to be a key piece to the puzzle as the Celtics attempted a return to the Finals. It was a lot to handle for the 2007 lottery pick.
The prospect of filling the void left by Perkins -- a starter and fan-favorite -- may have also weighed him down.
"The one thing about me is that Im not trying to fill anybodys shoes," Green said. "Kendrick is a totally different player than myself. People looked at me being the type of player I am and with the name I have going into this situation, they expected me to fill his shoes."
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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