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Jeff Green on inconsistency criticism: ‘I don’t give a (expletive)’

Jeff Green

Boston Celtics forward went off for 39 points in the Boston Celtics’ 121-120 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. It was the 12th time he has scored 25 points or more this season.

The game before his 39-point output, he scored nine points. The game after? Green put up a measly five points. In all three games, Green played more than 35 minutes.

That kind of up-and-down scoring begs the question? Where’s the consistency?

For Green, it has been a season-long thing. Of the players who have scored 25 points in a game as many times as Green has this season, no one has as many single-point scoring games as Green.

Graphic via Pro Basketball Talk:


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Green was asked about his inconsistency on the scoring end. Guess what? He doesn’t care.

Via the Boston Herald:

“I’m playing,” Green said. “I mean, that’s all I care about. I’m healthy.

“I can care less about what other people have to say about my performance. You know, everybody’s entitled to their own opinion, so I really don’t pay attention to it. I’m just trying to come into each year being healthy and being able to play this game.”

Just as he can’t shake the expectation of others that such nights should not be a part of his profile. The suggestion has been made that viewers don’t understand how difficult it is to scale the scoring heights.

“Of course,” Green said. “They don’t know, because they haven’t been through it. That’s why I say I can care less what people say. They can talk and say whatever they want to say. You know, I don’t give a (expletive). It don’t bother me.”

Fair enough. Green is averaging 17 points per game this season — a career best in his seven-year NBA career. So, with even some clunkers of games, he’s still contributing his fair share to the Celtics offense. Sure, a little less up-and-down would be nice, but 39 points ain’t bad either. Not every player can crank out that kind of game.