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Green wasn't perfect, but he played gritty defense on James and limited his scoring output. James scored 34 points on 14-of-31 shooting over 52 minutes, but much of his damage was done when someone other than Green was defending. According to Synergy Sports individual defensive data, Green allowed a mere 0.75 points per play overall on Sunday as opponents were 5-of-17 shooting (29.4 percent) against him. Here's a closer look at plays that James finished with Green defending: 2nd 2:55 Miss 2PT Green pushes James off the blocks in isolation situation and James settles for fadeay that rims out2nd 1:31 Foul James drives in isolation, fouled near the hoop (James makes 1 of 2 FTs)3rd 2:09 Miss 2PT In what would becomes a familiar sequence, James settles for a long jumper from the wing that rims out4th 11:36 Miss 2PT Green blankets James for much of the possession, then forces off-balanced jumper that won't fall4th 3:02 Make 2PT James loses handle of the ball driving into the paint, but recovers for short fadeaway jumper4th 0:07 Make 3PT Tough situation for Green as James chased down a long rebound, comes off high pick-and-roll and makes clutch pull-up 3-pointer to force OTOT 3:25 Miss 2PT Green prevents drive and James' fadeaway jumper is off the markOT 0:14 Miss 2PT Isolated on left side, James drives to the hoop where Green gets help from Kevin Garnett to prevent a miss in a tied game2OT 4:33 Miss 2PT Familiar outcome: Fadeaway from left wing in ISO situation won’t fall2OT 1:47 Miss 2PT James backs Green down to low blocks, spins to baseline, but little hook shot won't go2OT 1:02 Make 2PT Green gets beat on drive and James produces a three-point play as Paul Pierce doesn’t get a charge call2OT 0:06 Miss 2PT With Miami down a point, James drives to the left side and gets a decent look, but Green contests and his shot finds back ironThe final tally for Green defending James: 3-for-11 shooting (27.3 percent) with one foul and a total of nine points allowed. Given that James averages around a point per possession this season, limiting him to nine points on 12 possessions is a stellar afternoon for Green. But maybe we shouldn't be surprised.
Doesn't surprise me at all - watching this game I was absolutely in awe at Green's defense on Lebron. I seriously don't think I've ever seen anybody give him that much trouble before. Green may have found his niche' because if he can play defense like that every night, he could go scoreless and STILL be earning that contract.
this was much ado about LeBron settling...green can't stop him
Great stuff. Green was definitely engaged on the defensive end. Nobody is truly a "Lebron stopper", but I was impressed with how hard Green made Lebron work. If Green brought that level of play every night, I don't think anybody would be as upset with the sporadic shooting, rebounding, and passing.
Quote from: scaryjerry on January 29, 2013, 10:15:47 AMthis was much ado about LeBron settling...green can't stop himWho can? All a guy can do is make Lebron work hard for his points or force him into jump shots.Also, I think you're not giving Green enough credit. According to that data, Lebron shot 3-for-11 against Green, and 11-for-20 against everyone else. That suggests that Green was doing his job.
Quote from: Roy H. on January 29, 2013, 10:06:05 AMGreat stuff. Green was definitely engaged on the defensive end. Nobody is truly a "Lebron stopper", but I was impressed with how hard Green made Lebron work. If Green brought that level of play every night, I don't think anybody would be as upset with the sporadic shooting, rebounding, and passing.This game was a great step for our future. Jeff Green doesn't need to score 20 a game to live up to his contract, if he can defend, provide energy, score on the break and knock down the open jumper he will be worth every penny.A 1,2,3 combination of Rondo, Bradley and Green means this team will continue its defensive mentality long after KG retires.
Jeff Green has long way to go to prove he is capable of playing defense like that consitently. I was thoroughly pleased with his effort though.I'd be perfectly content if Green became an Igoudala type player. Mostly known for his defense, but capable of putting up 15ppg/5RPG. I'm just not sold he is capable of bringing that level of effort every night. He has yet to do it 5 years into his career.