Green scored 18 points (7-13 FG, 4-9 3Pt) while adding seven rebounds in 23 minutes during Sunday's 104-95 Game 4 win over the Bulls. Making his second straight start, Green supplied the Celtics with some key outside shooting as they took both games in Chicago to even the series at 2-2. The 31-year-old is quickly becoming one of the surprising stories of the postseason, and with Boston's rotations clicking at the moment expect Green to remain in the starting five for Game 5 on Wednesday.
Green is expected to remain in the starting lineup for Sunday's Game 4 against Chicago, Jay King of MassLive.com reports. After falling behind 0-2 in the series, the Celtics opted to go with a smaller look, moving Green into the starting lineup, while Amir Johnson shifted to the bench. The adjustment appeared to work, as the Celtics cruised to a blowout victory, so it's no surprise that Stevens plans to stick with Green in the starting five. In Game 3, Green finished with eight points, including two made three-pointers, and one rebound in 20 minutes.
Green produced eight points (3-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt) and one rebound from 20 minutes in Friday's 104-87 Game 3 win in Chicago. Green's rare start, replacing Amir Johnson, demonstrated that coach Brad Stevens wasn't going to sit pat down 2-0. Whether ceremonial or strategically correct, the move helped spark Boston towards a 33-15 first quarter lead. Green still received the fewest minutes of all the starters, as the second unit, without Green and Isaiah Thomas, extended the Boston lead deep into the fourth quarter. It's unknown whether Stevens will stick with a small-ball lineup or return to his more traditional rotation for Sunday's Game 4.
Green will start in place of Amir Johnson in Friday's Game 3 against the Bulls. Green, who didn't play at all in Game 2, enters Boston's starting five with the team in dire need of a lift to get back in the series. However, considering Green appeared in only 47 games during the regular season and averaged just 11.4 minutes in those contests, it's hard to know what to expect from him Friday. On the surface, his presence instead of Johnson figures to spread the court more, potentially forcing the Bulls to go smaller and thus limiting their rebounding advantage.
Green (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in Friday's 115-95 win over the Lakers. Though Green was available following a four-game absence due to a bruised heel, the Celtics held a 25-point lead at halftime, which prompted coach Brad Stevens to lean more heavily on younger reserves like Jaylen Brown (23 minutes), James Young (12 minutes) and Terry Rozier (12 minutes) at Green's expense. It appears that the 31-year-old's layoff due to the injury may have pushed him out of the rotation for the time being.
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