BOSTON – Brad Stevens inserted Gerald Green into the starting lineup during the Chicago first-round series and the Boston Celtics haven’t lost a game since the move was made.
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Stevens plans to stick with that starting five heading into tonight’s Game 1 matchup against the Washington Wizards.
Green has been credited with helping the Celtics better space the floor which has been beneficial to an offense that has sputtered at times to start games.
But he’s contributing at the other end of the floor as well.
“He certainly is more than capable,” Stevens said. “He’s long, athletic. He can fly in and tip rebounds if he doesn’t grab them. He can keep them alive by jumping over a big. He’s able to challenge shots. When you shoot it and he’s in the vicinity, you know what he’s capable of, getting up in the air. Being there on the catch and making it tough as possible has been good for us, with him.”
During Boston’s four game winning streak – all with Green in the starting lineup – he has averaged 11.0 points per game while shooting 45.9 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from 3-point range. In addition, Boston’s defensive rating in the four games Green has started is 98.1 which is third-best among playoff teams, and the team’s net rating is +13.9 which is second among teams in the postseason.