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Blakely: Here's why Javonte Green will soften the loss of Gordon Hayward

Blakely: Here's why Javonte Green will soften the loss of Gordon Hayward

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While the Boston Celtics are likely to keep a relatively tight rotation after Gordon Hayward’s broken left hand, don’t be surprised if Javonte Green forces his way in. 

Green, a summer league invitee who worked his way into securing the lone available roster spot, could be called upon more often in the coming weeks to help fill the void left by Hayward’s injury.

Dating back to his play with Boston’s summer league squad as well as what we saw in the preseason, Green’s knack for scoring could make him an invaluable option for the Celtics in the coming weeks. 

Green’s scoring ability in little to no time is clearly one of his greatest strengths. 

We saw that in the first half of Saturday’s 135-115 win at San Antonio with Green scoring his first points of the game less than a minute after checking into the game. He wound up with six points on 3-for-5 shooting in 13 minutes. 

He came into Saturday’s game averaging 2.4 points per game. But when you look at his numbers per 36 minutes played (19.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 55.6 percent shooting from the field), they aren’t that far off from what the Celtics were getting from Hayward.

So yes, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown will likely log a good chunk of the minutes Hayward played, but don’t be surprised if Green once again crashes the playing time party and works his way into a more meaningful role and in doing so, softens the blow for the Celtics of losing Hayward.

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See why the Celtics' win over Denver was extra special for the Green Team's starters

See why the Celtics' win over Denver was extra special for the Green Team's starters

BOSTON -- We’ve seen a starter or two from the Boston Celtics’ first unit get hot on any given night. 

But all five starters?

That was indeed the case on Friday night in Boston’s 108-95 win over the Denver Nuggets. 

For the first time this season, all five starters for Boston (16-5) shot at least 50 percent from the field. 

  • Marcus Smart 4-for-5 (80 percent)
  • Daniel Theis 3-for-4 (75 percent)
  • Jaylen Brown 8-for-15 (53.3 percent)
  • Jayson Tatum 10-for-19 (52.6 percent)
  • Kemba Walker 8-for-16 (50 percent)

The previous high this season for Celtics starters shooting at least 50 percent from the floor, is four which Boston did on two separate occasions (at San Antonio on Nov. 9 and vs Dallas Nov. 11).

But what made Friday’s performance so special was that Boston did it against a Denver team that came into the game limiting teams to just 42.9 percent shooting from the field which ranked fourth in the NBA. 

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Celtics' Jaylen Brown says he and Jayson Tatum are 'like fire and ice'

Celtics' Jaylen Brown says he and Jayson Tatum are 'like fire and ice'

The Boston Celtics earned a dominant victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night, and they were once again led by the dynamic duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

Tatum and Brown scored 26 and 21 points respectively, further showing that they're both making significant strides in their development. While they continue to embrace their roles as budding stars for Boston, that's where the similarities between the two young guns end.

Brown described the combination of him and Tatum with a perfect quote after the win.

“We’ve got different games ... It’s like fire and ice," he said.

That'll be printed on a T-shirt in no time. The question now, though, is who's fire and who's ice?

Next up for Brown, Tatum, and the rest of the surging C's is a matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers (5-16) on Monday night.

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