Finally stepping up.
In the recap, Tom mentioned Jeff Green's solid play and said:
His defense on LeBron James was one of the biggest stories nobody will talk about tonight.
Well, I know there are other articles soon to be published on the game's bigger stories from last night, but let's take a moment to recognize the effort tonight.
Resident whipping boy Jeff Green also provided the kind of gritty defense that skeptical Celtics fans have been waiting on since he arrived in a deal for the popular Kendrick Perkins. Consider the possession with 1:24 left in the third quarter. At the time, Boston had a 12-point lead and the ball was in LeBron's hands. As he sized up his options from the right baseline, Green forced him deeper in the corner and Pierce snuck up from behind and forced James (4 turnovers) to cough up the ball.
Frankly I couldn't care less if he doesn't score another basket and all his 3 pointers are air balls (well, maybe that's a stretch, but still). If he can bring the energy and solid, fundamental defense every time out, I'll be very happy with Jeff Green.