Gerald Green leads Suns over Nets 112-104

Green came off the bench to score 28 points.

      
 

 

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Gerald Green slam dunks all over the Lakers (Video, GIFs)

Phoenix Suns guard Gerald Green came off the bench to lead the team with 26 points in Tuesday night’s game against the L.A. Lakers, highlighted by three monster slam dunks.In the second quarter, Green went around the back of the Lakers defense for the tremendous alley oop.In the fourth quarter, Green drove down the lane and threw down the one-handed rim rocker.Later in the fourth quarter, Green was the trailer on the fast break and let out a primal scream after the finish.Video via G4NBAVideos.
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Gerald Green Throws Down Monster One-Handed Dunk vs. Lakers

Kobe Bryant is doing all he can, but even his 39 points on Wednesday weren’t enough to prevent the Los Angeles Lakers from falling to 0-5 against the Phoenix Suns.

Freak Phoenix athlete Gerald Green took flight to add insult to injury at the Staples Center.

Following one of the Black Mamba’s 23 missed field goals on the evening, Green capped a fast break with an emphatic dunk off a nifty pass from point guard Isaiah Thomas.

Green came off the bench to lead the Suns with 26 points in a 112-106 victory but no two points were more entertaining than his highlight-reel jam.

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Celtics’ Gerald Wallace Ranked Fourth-Most Overpaid Player In NBA

The following will not surprise Boston Celtics fans in the slightest:
Gerald Wallace, the 32-year-old veteran forward, was listed as the fourth-most overpaid player in the NBA in a ranking by the Sporting News. Wallace, came to Boston in the blockbuster deal that sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets, has two years left on the four-year, $40 million contract two years ago.
Last February, Wallace tore the meniscus in his left knee and was ruled out for the rest of the season. In his 58 games played before the injury, he posted averages of 5.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists-per-game.
Of course, Wallace’s outsize contract did serve a purpose. If not for Wallace’s $10 million salary, the Celtics never would have been able to make the math work in the trade to reboot their rebuilding efforts — not to mention shed Garnett’s $12 million salary, ranked No. 9 on the same list by the Sporting News.
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Suns’ Gerald Green’s 41-Point Outburst Mashed Up with NBA Jam Effects

Phoenix Suns guard Gerald Green’s 41-point outburst against the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 6 was so good that it looked like it was part of a video game.

The seventh-year player made eight of his 13 three-point attempts and shot 54.5 percent from the floor on the night. Those numbers are worthy of getting the NBA Jam treatment.

Green’s 41 points were enough to help the Suns pull out a 128-122 victory over the Thunder.

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Gerald Henderson’s Missed Dunk Hilariously Finds Itself on Craigslist ‘Missed Connections’

Gerald Henderson of the Bobcats had a big missed dunk recently, and that is no big deal. It happens to every player in the NBA, and it is actually something that I hope I will be lucky enough to experience one day. Here is a .GIF of the dunk that almost was…
Nothing special, right? Correct. That is until someone took to Craigslist in Charlotte and orchestrated one of the better posts in the ‘Missed Connections’ section you will ever read. Some people have way too much time on their hands.  [CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO ENLARGE]

[Great find (or placement) by Grantland]
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WATCH: Gerald Green with a sick dunk over Mason Plumlee

Gerald Green is widely known around the NBA as being a top five dunker, and on Monday night he furthered that notion. En route to a 17-point performance off the bench (since Eric Bledsoe is back now), Green threw down this ridiculously insane double-clutch dunk over and around Mason Plumlee. Mason’s brother, Miles, coincidentally was the one who got the assist on the play. I’m sure Mason will hear about that many times in the future. [NBA's Instagram] The post Gerald Green Throws Down Incredible Dunk Over and Around Mason Plumlee appeared first on Diehardsport.

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Gerald Green Throws Down Filthy Fast-Break Dunk Versus Brooklyn Nets

Judging by Gerald Green‘s ridiculous fast-break dunk in a Monday night showdown with the Brooklyn Nets, the Phoenix Suns‘ slam-happy wingman is giving a whole new meaning to career renaissance—as in, this sucker was so beautiful it would’ve made Leonardo da Vinci blush. 

Watch it again. That’s a double-clutch over a very tall defender in traffic.

Never change, Gerald.

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How Gerald Green Went from NBA Bust to Key Cog for Phoenix Suns

Phoenix Suns hyper-athletic wing Gerald Green has not only shed his label as “just a dunker” during his first year in the Valley of the Sun, but he’s also reinvented his NBA career by becoming a reliable rotational guy and all-around player.

When General Manager Ryan McDonough traded veteran power forward Luis Scola to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Green, Miles Plumlee and a protected first-round draft pick, the deal was seen as one more step toward a potentially lengthy rebuild.

At the time, the Suns were stockpiling picks with the vision of revamping the roster through the draft or by acquiring a big-name star via trade (h/t NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper).

Indy appeared to be short-term winners of the swap, even prompting headlines like, “With Luis Scola, the Pacers might have the best team in the East” (h/t SB Nation’s Tom Ziller).

Green and Plumlee were seen as afterthoughts—throw-in pieces needed to make the deal work financially for both sides. As it stands, however, both Suns acquisitions have broken out under head coach Jeff Hornacek.

Green has played every game for the Suns (including 46 starts) and is averaging 15.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game—all of those numbers are career highs.

Plumlee, an NBA sophomore, is notching averages of 8.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per contest.

Scola, meanwhile, has sputtered with Indiana by averaging 7.4 points, five rebounds and 0.9 assists while shooting 46.2 percent from the floor (all career lows).

The trade has become grossly one-sided in Phoenix’s favor with added foresight. Against all odds, the upstart Suns are competing for a playoff berth in the loaded Western Conference. Consistent play from Green has been one of the biggest reasons for the turnaround.

 

Maturity/Consistency

Green came to Phoenix knowing the opportunity to carve a niche could very well be his last. He had already spent stints of his playing career with the NBA D-League as well as overseas in Russia and China.

At 28 years old, the time to prove his chops as an NBA talent was running out. The wisdom he gained during a roller coaster playing career, however, prepared him mentally for that challenge.

Green said the following, according to The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn:

When you go places in life that you think you’ll never go, you change a little bit. You mature a lot faster. I knew something had to change. It either was going to be me or I wasn’t going to be back in the league. That made it an easy decision for me to change. Two years ago, I was nowhere to be found. Now I’m older, more mature, understand that this is not a hobby, this is a job.

While playing a career-high 29.1 minutes per game with Phoenix during the 2013-14 campaign—and starting 20 more games than his previous career high of 26 in 2006-07 with the Boston Celtics—Green has reached the 20-point plateau 20 times.

The Suns have compiled a 14-6 record when “The Green Machine” scores at least 20. His offensive output has been a huge barometer to team success.

When point guard Eric Bledsoe was sidelined indefinitely following knee surgery—a variable that cast some doubt on Phoenix’s playoff chances—Green stepped up in a big way. He’s averaging 17.3 points per game as a starter, according to NBA.com.

 

Three-Point Shooting

While Green is still a high flyer who can swing momentum with thunderous highlight dunks, his prowess from beyond the arc in 2013-14 has taken his game to another level.

According to NBA.com, Green’s percentages are comparable to or above league average from every long-range location on the court.

He’s shooting 40 percent from deep at the top of the key and 50 percent from the left corner.

Additionally, Green is shooting 39.7 percent on catch-and-shoot threes and 38.3 percent on pull-up attempts from distance, per NBA.com.

He’s made five or more three-pointers in a game 11 times and is shooting a scorching hot 46.7 percent from deep in March (through eight games).

His ability to spread the floor on offense around the dribble penetration of Goran Dragic and Bledsoe has made the Suns’ offense a dynamic force.

 

Coaching

There’s no question that Green has always possessed the transcendent athletic ability needed to compete with NBA stars, but he hasn’t made a meaningful impact in the pros until now. That’s partly due to his maturity at age 28, but his emergence wouldn’t have occurred without Coach Hornacek.

“The coaches have really done a great job of putting us in places to be successful,” Green said, per AZ Central Sports’ Paul Coro. “Everybody gets an opportunity to go out there and play. Jeff has confidence in everybody. A lot of coaches don’t do that. He’s just so positive and has so much energy and faith in us.”

Green’s relationship with Hornacek is a stark contrast to the one he had with former Celtics coach Doc Rivers, if only because he was a youngster making the leap from high school to the pros.

“Yeah, he was [tough on me], but if I knew then what I know now, the things that Doc was telling me were all the right things,” Green said, per Washburn. “He wasn’t telling me nothing that was incorrect. All Doc was trying to do was help me and I just didn’t understand the fact … I just didn’t know how to be a pro.”

The swingman experienced a tumultuous, winding journey as a professional, but it appears he’s finally found the perfect situation.

Behind his calm demeanor, positive attitude and confidence in a variety of role players who have never played big minutes before, Hornacek is a calculated X’s and O’s guy.

According to CBS Sports’ Matt Moore, the first-year head coach said the following earlier this season:

We’ve given the point guards the shot charts to look (at). We’ll tell them in transition, “Let the guys get set before you throw it to them.” It’s been shown that if they’re on the run, the percentage goes way down. So if you know Gerald Green shoots a high percentage from the corner, wait till he gets all the way down there and gets set.

Green’s confidence to let the ball fly from downtown is merely one factor at play. Coach Hornacek has put all of his players in a favorable role because of a specific system.

Moore broke it down as follows:

These things seem simple, but that’s kind of the beauty of what Hornacek is accomplishing. He’s using advanced analysis to reinforce a pragmatic coaching style that resonates with the players. Put guys into a position to succeed, give them confidence, encourage them to make the right play, and leave the more complex elements to the coaching staff.

With 16 regular-season games remaining in 2013-14 (including the March 17 matchup with the Brooklyn Nets), Phoenix is fighting to get back into the playoff picture. Prior to the game against Brooklyn, the Suns are one game back of the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies.

Of course, regardless of whether the Suns earn a playoff berth at season’s end, fans can be proud of what this roster has accomplished.

In the face of basement-level expectations, Hornacek’s crew rallied and put the league on notice by winning consistently and beating elite teams (like the Indiana Pacers—twice).

The experience and confidence Green and other players have gained during 2013-14 points to a bright future in the desert. Thanks to player development under Coach Hornacek, the Suns are well on their way to becoming a Western Conference power once again.

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Suns’ Gerald Green: I love this team

ust twelve short days ago the Phoenix Suns were the 7th seed in the Western Conference and only trailing the 6th seeded Golden State Warriors by one game. Times have changed since then for Phoenix.

The Suns had lost seven of their last 11 games before beating the Toronto Raptors on Sunday 121-113. Phoenix is now on the outside of the playoffs looking to get back in.

Apparently, guard/forward Gerald Green wouldn’t have it any other way. He was recently quoted after the Raptors game as saying he loves the way his team is playing right now.

“We’re just trying to finish this road trip on a great note. We feel like we didn’t play the way we wanted to in Boston [Friday night] but came away with the win. Tonight I just wanted to be aggressive; I’ve felt the last two games I’ve kind of been floating. My teammates have had confidence in me all year so it’s easy to go out there and play when you have a group of guys who believe in you. I love this team and I love the way we’re playi…

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