There were a lot of changes made to the Cavaliers’ roster from last year to this current team. While no one expected Kyrie Irving to be wearing green, in order to beat the Warriors, the team couldn’t just stay the same way and lose in 4-5 games again.
Signing bigger names such a Derrick Rose and Dwayne Wade certainly help the cause, but an under-the-radar signing in Jeff Green may be an x-factor to the title.
Off the bench, in last night’s 119-112 come-from-behind win over the Chicago Bulls, a rejuvenated and refreshed Green scored 16 big points on 4-6 from the floor. He reached the charity stripe eight times and made seven of them.
For his 9-year career, Green is averaging 13.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Those are pretty solid numbers for the veteran.
The Cavs have built a team this year that can actually make foul shots, which can become crucial in the playoffs.
While Green cannot be asked to score 15 a night, he does resemble a watered-down version of LeBron James. He’s able to attack the basket, is a threat on the fast break and can hit the occasional jumper, too.
Everyone remembers the heart problems that Green had to endure earlier in his career. It’s great to see him thriving on a team that has a chance to win it all. As much as we all loved Richard Jefferson, I’d certainly take a younger and more athletic Green to play against foes such as Boston and Golden State.
Keep up the energy, stay healthy and let’s hope you’re an intricate part of another championship run for the Wine & Gold.
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