Green pushes Celtics past Pistons down stretch, 98-93

Avery Bradley and the Celtics edged Detroit Wednesday at the Garden. (Getty Images)
Avery Bradley and the Celtics edged Detroit Wednesday at the Garden. (Getty Images)

BOSTON —— He won’t become a member of any Celtics “Big Three” in the near future, but nobody has come through bigger than Jeff Green as of late.

It was Green again who stepped up down the stretch for the Celtics, as they escaped a Detroit Pistons comeback to beat them for the first time this season, 98-93.

Boston led by as many as 18 points late in the third quarter before the Pistons scored 14 straight to trail by just four in the opening minutes of the fourth.

It was one of those games for Boston – a game in which they were exposed for exactly what they are: undersized and relatively helpless on the glass and in the paint. Boston allowed a staggering 25 offensive rebounds to the Pistons, which in turn gave them a 93-71 advantage in field goal attempts – although the Pistons shot just 36.6 percent. The C’s were also outscored in the paint, 58-28.

The two sides traded baskets for much of the fourth quarter, but Green made a sequence of plays that summed up everything the Celtics were lacking all night.

Green ripped down a defensive rebound with under 4 minutes to play, found the outlet, followed the play, and put back a missed Jason Terry jumper for a dunk that put Boston up by eight points with 3:35 to play.

Again, though, the Pistons clawed back, trailing 93-91 with under a minute to go. It was there, again, that Green showcased his all-around game. Pierce found him in the corner for a three-pointer that found the bottom of the basket, and Boston led 96-91 with 45.3 seconds to play.

Just for fun, Green grabbed another key defensive rebound with under 20 seconds to play, that allowed Boston to get to the free throw line and seal the victory. He finished the night with a game-high 34 points (13-19 from the field, 3-4 from three-point range), six rebounds, and four blocks.

Paul Pierce, who returned to the team after a personal matter, finished with 17 points for five assists. Brandon Bass added 17 points and seven rebounds, and Avery Bradley dropped 11.

The Pistons were led by center Greg Monroe, who scored 24 points and grabbed a whopping 17 rebounds. Guard Rodney Stuckey had 22 points and power forward Jonas Jerebko added 19 points and five rebounds.

What they’ll be saying: Two things: One, Boston absolutely, positively needs Kevin Garnett back if they want to do any damage at all in the postseason. Boston is just too small down low, and they simply won’t be able to compete against any teams that exploit that – which should be all of them. Two, the one positive from all of these injuries is the emergence of Jeff Green. Green, who had a terribly slow start to the season, has arguably been the team’s MVP over the last two months. His 34-point performance tonight is one of his best of the season, but far less surprising than it would have been had it come in December or January. Green is showcasing his versatility for the Celtics, and it appears that Danny Ainge may have seen something that nobody else did. Nine million a year over four years still sounds like a lot, but maybe not so much after all . . .


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

Easter Egg hunt horror as skydiver plummets to…

A FAMILY Easter egg hunt ended in horror when a skydiver plummeted to his death in a New York garden after his parachute failed to…

News

Boston Marathon 2014 on high alert, Red Sox…

One year on from the horrific Boston Marathon bombings a ring of steel has been thrown around today's race, and a city stands defiant against…

News

Boston Strong: One year on from Boston Marathon…

  For more than a century the Boston Marathon has been an even centred around sportsmanship, endurance and athleticism, but there's no denying the face…

Local

Monday is the deadline to register for Pennsylvania…

If residents want to vote in the May primary, which includes a vote for a new City Council member, today is the deadline to register.

Television

‘Mad Men’ recap: Season 7, Episode 2, ‘A…

Peggy and Lou are horrible, Bert's racist, Don is honest(ish) and Roger and Pete are frustrated. "A Day's Work" not quite worthy of "This Will Be Our Year."

Television

'Game of Thrones' recap: Season 4, Episode 3,…

The problem with the devil you know is that ignoring them doesn’t mean they simply lie in wait. It allows them time to do things…

Television

Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

NHL

Ray Emery steps up in Flyers’ Game 2…

Sure, he allowed two goals in the Rangers’ first four shots Sunday afternoon, but it’s about how you start, not how you finish.

NHL

Flyers come from behind, even series with Rangers

The Flyers overcame a two-goal deficit to get a much-needed win at Madison Square Garden Sunday.

MLB

Phillies get set for four against the Dodgers

The Phillies will face tough starting pitching out west against the Dodgers this week.

MLB

Phillies notebook: Cole Hamels returns this week

The Phillies should receive a big boost when Cole Hamels returns during the Dodgers series.

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.