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Thunder Insider: The Jeff Green Barometer

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: December 7, 2009 at 4:23 pm •  Published: December 7, 2009
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int 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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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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