Jeff Green looked lost and confused on the court in game one. He looked passive and timid. Basically the opposite of what we saw in preseason and what we have been hoping for since he signed that huge contract in the offseason.
After a brilliant eight-game preseason showing in which he displayed a consistent aggression at both ends of the floor, Green looked tentative Tuesday. When he was aggressive on the defensive end, he'd hedge too high on a pick-and-roll and leave himself unable to recover as Miami got clean looks or open drives to the basket. That frustration carried over to the offensive end, where he was timid and passed up opportunities.
Again, it bears repeating like a mantra all day long: it was just one game. It was just one game against (arguably) the best team in the league. One game doesn't make a season. One game isn't enough to judge on.
Yes, it was an important early test and Jeff and the rest of the team failed with flying colors. That is concerning because one of the justifications for Green's contract is the fact that his versatility (and defense) were important for facing the Heat. But again: one game.
If Green and the Celtics continue to struggle, that's another matter. If Green can't get his preseason mojo back, that will be concerning. If the next time we face the Heat we see similar results, that is a legitimate problem. To be clear, this could be a problem because we've seen lackluster play from Green before.
But I'm a bit of an optimist and I'm also pulling for Green very hard because of who he is and what he's gone through. So I'm putting a lot of faith in him that what we saw all preseason is closer to what we'll get from him this year than what we got in game one.