OKC Thunder is going Green

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: February 23, 2009 at 4:34 am •  Published: February 23, 2009
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It’s undeniable, though, that Green has become a more savvy player as the season labors on.

He’s attempting only 2.8 3-pointers per game this month, down from 3.5 in January and 4.0 in December. He’s attacking the basket more and getting higher percentage shots, which has led to his 48.2 percent field goal shooting and a season-high 4.6 free throw attempts per game.

"I’ve been in attack mode,” Green said, "being aggressive and trying to get to the line and get myself going that way instead of settling for that 3.”

Brooks said he isn’t concerned with Green’s offensive production but rather his contributions on the defensive end.

"He needs to continue to focus on getting more rebounds,” Brooks said. "That’s important for Jeff. He’s such a strong athlete. I think he can get up to eight or nine a game.”

But the better Green performs offensively, the more difficult it will be for opponents to key on Durant, who has scored at least 30 points in eight of the past nine games and has moved into fourth in the league in scoring at 26.2 points per game.

"He’s just made a conscious effort of doing everything we need him to do,” Durant said. "He’s been playing very well since we moved him to (power forward), and I think only good things are to come for Jeff.”


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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Better with time
A look at how Jeff Green has improved each month:

Stat Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb.
Games 1 17 15 14 9
Points 9.0 14.9 18.0 16.8 20.1
Rebounds 4.0 5.5 7.0 7.1 9.2
Assists 2.0 2.2 2.1 1.4 3.1
Blocks 0.0 0.47 0.67 0.57 0.33
Steals 2.0 1.24 1.0 0.64 1.33
Minutes 27.0 35.1 38.0 36.7 40.6
FG% 37.5 42.1 49.2 43.3 48.2
3PT% 0.0 46.9 33.3 46.9 36.0
FT% 75.0 77.4 71.4 82.7 78.0

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