by Darnell Mayberry
Modified: December 7, 2009 at 4:23 pm •
Published: December 7, 2009
/articleid/3423145/1/pictures/782801"> When forward Jeff Green plays well, the Thunder usually wins. PHOTO BY HUGH SCOTT, THE OKLAHOMAN
Point guard Russell Westbrook, oddly enough, averages more points, rebounds and steals in losses than wins.
But perhaps a more pertinent stat is Green’s production when Durant scores 35 points or more. The Thunder is just 1-3 in those games. Green eclipsed his season average of 14.3 points only once, shot just 40 percent and averaged a mere four rebounds in the three losses. In the one win, a 127-108 victory over Washington, Green had 19 points and 14 rebounds, providing Durant with a steady and sufficient second option.
"Jeff is a strong-minded player, so I know if he has a bad game, the next one he’s going to have a great one,” Durant said.
Green’s statistics at times can be misleading. He has a knack for making smart plays that don’t show up on the stat sheet, like the pass that leads to the assist or a box out or tip on the defensive end that doesn’t end in him snaring the rebound but allows a teammate to corral it.
"When he rebounds, that really helps us,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "Do I like him making shots? Yes. But I like him rebounding just as much for us. If he can get to seven or eight rebounds a game it helps.”
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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...