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The man is steadfast in his beliefs, you’ve got to give him that.
While missing all seven shots he took in Game 1 in a 98-80 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Sunday, including 0-for-3 from the 3-point line, Jeff Green produced zero points, four rebounds and an assist in 27 minutes.
So, what does the man who produced the worst plus-minus in the game (minus-15) plan for Game 2 on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena?
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) April 16, 2018
“They gonna leave me open, I’m going to continue to shoot them,” Green said after a film session and walk through Monday. “They’re gonna fall. And then they have to adjust.
“I’m not going to adjust to them they have to adjust to how I’m going to play.”
With Green starting alongside All-Stars LeBron James and Kevin Love in the Cleveland frontcourt, Pacers coach Nate McMillan opted to use center Myles Turner as Green’s primary defender.
With Green cold as ice with his shooting stroke, Turner played farther and farther off the veteran forward, making it difficult for Green to adjust by driving, while also clogging up the paint and serving as a rim protector against James’ trademark freight-train attacks of the rack.
All seven of Green’s shot attempts in Game 1 were uncontested, showing just how far Turner was sagging off him.
Green’s explanation for what ailed his shot Sunday was simple and succinct.
“Just missed shots,” he said Monday. “Just chose the wrong game to miss shots.
“That’s about it.”
Green is a career 33.2 percent shooter from the 3-point line. This season, it was even worse, 31.2 percent in 78 games for the Cavaliers.
When asked what his message to veteran forward is, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said basically, aggressiveness is the better part of valor.
“The message to Jeff is be aggressive,” Lue said. “I think we need him on the floor for another ballhandler when they’re pushing our guards. Attacking the basket and just don’t settle. Be aggressive.
“If you’re going to make a mistake, make an aggressive mistake. He understands that. I thought defensively he was pretty good, just offensively being more aggressive with the basketball.”