Green provided 14 points (4-8 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two rebounds, two steals and one block over 21 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
With the lopsided second-half score, Green saw a series-high amount of minutes and parlayed them into his highest scoring total since Game 6 of the first-round series against the Bulls. The veteran was effective from long range throughout the postseason, draining 50 and 56.3 percent of his shots, respectively, in the conference semifinals and finals, and tallying four double-digit scoring efforts overall across just 14.8 minutes per game. The 31-year-old was reasonably effective this season in his return to Boston after a 10-year absence, but he now enters free agency with no clear indication of where he could end up next season.
Green will come off the bench in Sunday's game against the Cavaliers, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.
Green started in Game 2 as head coach Brad Stevens elected to adjust the starting rotation. He ended up scoring six points in just 14 minutes, and now, with Isaiah Thomas (hip) out for the rest of the postseason and Boston needing to prioritize defense, Stevens will start Amir Johnson at power forward and play a much larger lineup. As a result, Green will likely have a very minimal role in Sunday's contest.
Green will draw the start over Amir Johnson during Friday's Game 2 matchup against the Cavaliers, Jay King of Masslive.com reports.
Coach Brad Stevens is seemingly favoring speed over size with his Game 2 lineup change after the Celtics got blown out on their home floor during Game 1. In Game 1, Green finished with 11 points, two rebounds and one assist across 14 minutes of action. The last time Green drew a start was during Game 3 of the Celtics/Wizards series, where he finished with eight points and three rebounds across 26 minutes. It seems likely that he'll see around the same workload Friday.
Green will return to a bench role for Sunday's Game 4 against the Wizards, A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast SportsNet reports.
The Celtics went with a smaller lineup that featured Green as a starter in Game 3, but after the Wizards went on to blow them out, coach Brad Stevens has opted to go back to a bigger lineup with Amir Johnson starting. That sends Green to the bench and considering his role has fluctuated greatly throughout the playoffs, he'll be a risky fantasy option.
Green accumulated eight points (3-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and three rebounds across 26 minutes during Thursday's 116-89 Game 3 loss to the Wizards.
Green, who drew the start over Amir Johnson, had minimal impact on either side of the ball. While coach Brad Stevens was likely hoping Green's presence in the starting five would help the Celtics become a quicker and better shooting team, the plan ultimately backfired as the squad shot 35.1 percent from the field and were blown out on the Wizards' home floor. Further, the opposing small forward, Otto Porter, dropped 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting. It remains to be seen whether or not Green will start for a second consecutive outing when the Celtics attempt to tale Game 4 in Washington on Sunday.
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