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Spurs 109, Thunder 104: Green can’t save Thunder

BY MIKE BALDWIN Modified: December 15, 2008 at 12:42 am •  Published: December 15, 2008


Green’s improvement actually started late last season and during the summer. He worked hard to extend his shooting range. He’s already drained eight more 3-pointers than he did all last season. He can shoot over big men on the perimeter or drive for dunks like the four he had Sunday.

"If you make shots, teams have to respect that,” Green said. "I knew it could open up the rest of my game. I’m trying to use my quickness to also open the court for other guys, pass better, all aspects of my game.”

After making the first-team, all-NBA rookie team last season along with Durant, Green’s stats are improved across the board.

The 22-year-old Georgetown product is averaging 15.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals. Green is shooting 45.8 percent after draining 14-of-23 shots against the Spurs.

"Jeff is playing unbelievable basketball,” said teammate Desmond Mason. "He’s reaping the rewards from hard practice and working on his shot. I guarded him last year. He was versatile, but this year he’s much more comfortable. He’s got his confidence both on the perimeter and inside.”

Green has been more aggressive. The 23 shots were a season high.

"He’s growing every game,” Brooks said. "The thing I like is he’s not taking bad shots. He had a stretch tonight that no matter what they were doing they couldn’t stop him.”

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