BOSTON -- The Celtics are first and foremost a defensive team, but when they acquired Jeff Green three weeks ago, it was with the hope that he would prove to be a key asset on the other side of the ball.
Against the Pacers on Wednesday night at the TD Garden, Green once again fulfilled those hopes, as he sparked Boston with 19 points off the bench in the Celtics' 92-80 victory.
The Celtics trailed 20-15 at the end of the first quarter, but Green confidently led a second unit that changed the complexion of the game in Boston's favor. Green scored 13 of Boston's first 16 points in the second quarter -- including 12 straight at one point -- turning that five-point deficit into a two-point advantage. Utilizing his size against smaller defenders like Brandon Rush and Danny Granger, Green repeatedly posted up on the right block and forced the issue going to the rim, which more often than not resulted in trips to the free throw line. Green garnered eight total free throw attempts in the second quarter, making six of them.