Thunder notebook: Jeff Green's consistency continues to improve

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, Modified: November 6, 2009 at 4:40 am •  Published: November 6, 2009
The most consistent Thunder player through four games has been forward Jeff Green, who enters tonight’s game at Houston averaging 19.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks. Green is averaging 40.5 minutes per game and is shooting 50 percent from the field, 42.1 percent from the 3-point line and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line.

Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Green’s early production is largely a result of him being in his third season and feeling more comfortable with the league and nightly matchups.

"He’s a tremendous talent that plays the right way,” Brooks said. "He plays solid, consistent basketball that a coach can count on. And he’s even taken it up to another level.”

Brooks challenged Green at the start of the season to leave everything on the floor this year, and the coach has seen the player respond by being exhausted at the end of games.

"I think he’s doing a great job of focusing and doing what we need him to do,” Kevin Durant said. "He’s always a mismatch for either team. And he’s been playing great ... He’s been the leader that we picked him to be.”

Point guard Shaun Livingston could soon make his season debut, Brooks said Thursday.

"I like what he’s done the last two practices,” Brooks said.