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Green settling in with Celtics

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Green settling in with Celtics

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

Jeff Green was surprised to see the locker next to Kevin Garnett was vacant.

It had belonged to Luke Harangody, who was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and had not been occupied since the move.

Green had been assigned a locker on the other side of the room between Avery Bradley and Nenad Krstic, his teammate from the Oklahoma City Thunder. But when Krstics longtime friend Sasha Pavlovic joined the team yesterday, Green gave up his spot so the two could sit together.

That left only the empty space next to Garnett.

And Green was more than happy to take it.

"Kevin, his energy falls on others and I want it to fall on me, he told CSNNE.com.

If Green is getting energy from Garnett, it didnt just fall on him - it poured.

In just this fourth game with the Celtics, Green scored 21 points in 28 minutes during the Cs 107-103 victory against the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.

It was just the spark the Celtics needed with a depleted second unit. They were already shorthanded without their sixth man, Glen Davis, who missed his first game of the season with a strained left patella tendon. Then Von Wafer strained his right calf, forcing him to leave the game and cutting the Celtics' options off the bench.

Enter Green, who has been excelling in the transition from starting lineup on the Thunder to second unit on the Celtics.

They share the ball, he said. They make it easy for myself to get easy shots. Its a team effort, and I think we do a great job to make sure everyone gets the touch and making the extra pass.

Even though Green is no longer a starter on this team, he played significant minutes down the stretch with the starting five. Green clocked nearly 10 minutes of crunch time in the fourth quarter before fouling out with seconds left.

Its important to get to groove with those guys, he said of the starters. I had to play with the second unit, but its important that when I do get in a groove (with the starters) that I use my abilities to help them out - me getting on a break, Paul (Pierce) rebounding, KG rebounding, using my speed, and youve got a great guard like (Rajon) Rondo who can see the floor, which makes it a lot easier for myself.

The Celtics benefit from having an athletic player like Green on the court. Not only does he spread the floor when they are running offensive schemes, he also gives Rondo another option when they are on a fast break.

Hes a gazelle, said Doc Rivers. The guy can absolutely fly. Our guys know that now and you can see them - theyre giving it to him. And he knows that theyll get it to him, so hes running. Theres a couple of times that Kevin actually slowed down so he could run by him because he saw that he had his man beat. And thats just great awareness.

Said Rondo, Obviously hes going to be playing some minutes with us, so I think it was good for him. Thats something thats going to help our chemistry, is on-the-court action, down the stretch in the fourth quarter and also in the first half.

After only four games, and one night at his new locker next to Garnett, Green is fitting right in.

Im glad they accepted me to sit next to him, Green laughed.

Looks like the Celtics are glad to have him around, too.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter at http:twitter.comjcameratonba

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Mapping out the Celtics' next super long win streak

Mapping out the Celtics' next super long win streak

That Celtics win streak was dope. Let’s map out an even longer one that probably won’t happen. 

Nobody’s actually expecting them to keep the pace they’ve established with their recently concluded run. Still, with 63 games remaining, there’s still time for the Celtics to have up to three win streaks of even longer than 16 games. So, because it’s the holidays and the holidays are all about positivity (fun move you’ve probably picked up from movies: You can say “the holidays are all about _____” and just put in whatever you want and it will work), let’s map out the next win streak. 

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A big part of the Celtics’ 16-gamer (and get ready to say “duh”) is that they were better than a lot of the teams they beat. But they also beat one team that was without question better than them and beat a few teams that could certainly beat them on any given night. 

Here’s a rough breakdown of the 16 games: 

- Even if they didn’t go as smoothly as anticipated, nine games were against what could be classified as easy prey based on their rosters and how those teams were playing: The 76ers, the Knicks, the Kings, the Hawks twice, the Lakers, the Hornets, the Nets and the Mavericks. 

- Let’s say that the Heat (whom they played and beat during the streak before Miami snapped the streak Wednesday) and Magic weren’t perceived pushovers, but rather unremarkable opponents. 

- Four games were against what one could call worthy opponents for the Celtics: the Bucks, the Spurs (though they were missing Kawhi Leonard), the Thunder and the Raptors. 

- Nobody was ever pretending the Celtics were actually better than the Warriors. 

So that breaks the 16 games into one game against an unequivocally superior opponent, four against worthy opponents, two against unremarkable teams, and nine joke books. 

Of course, there are several variables that can be thrown into that, such as the fact that the C’s beat one of the aforementioned good teams (Toronto) without Kyrie Irving and nearly lost to two of those trash teams (Charlotte and Dallas). You can’t predict injuries just like you shouldn’t predict win streaks, but let’s take all the information we have and try to find the next one:

STARTING FRIDAY

Friday vs. Magic (trash; probable win)

Saturday at Pacers (unremarkable; potential loss)

A back-to-back after a holiday with the second game on the road against a team that’s been way better than expected? I don’t like the sound of it. 

Nov. 27 vs. Pistons (worthy opponent; potential loss)

Are they overrated? Maybe, but Pistons currently hold the second spot in the Eastern Conference. Whether it’s the Pacers or the Pistons, I think this short stretch prevents a speed bump. The streak might have to wait. 

STARTING NOV. 30

Nov. 30 against Sixers (upgraded to unremarkable based on recent play; still win)

Remember: The last streak started against the Sixers. Hopefully, Kyrie pays that fans’ way to Boston for a halftime reunion. 

Dec. 2 vs. Suns (trash; win)

Dec. 4 vs. Bucks (worthy opponent; win)

Celtics aren’t losing to those sons of guns twice at home. 

Dec. 6 vs. Dallas (trash; win)

Can you get revenge on a team for almost beating you? Yes. The Celtics will. 

Dec. 8 at Spurs (worthy opponent; win)

Until I see Kawhi on the court, this one is a win. 

Dec. 10 at Detroit (worthy opponent; win)

The Pistons play the Spurs, Bucks and Warriors the three previous games. They’ll be all tuckered out. 

Dec. 11 through Dec. 23 (mix of unremarkable and trash opponents; seven wins)

Dec. 25 vs. Wizards (worthy opponent; win)

Terry Rozier becomes a household name with a Christmas performance for the ages. 

Dec. 27 at Charlotte (trash; win) 

Dec. 28 vs. Houston (worthy opponent; win) 

Dec. 31 vs. Brooklyn (trash; loss)

The Celtics are 0-1 the days prior to holidays this season. The streak ends at 18. 

THE REST OF THE SEASON

We'll assess it then, but for now, let's say undefeated (including playoffs).

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