Jeff Green won't adjust to Pacers' defense, will continue to take shots when left open
Cleveland Plain Dealer | 5 days ago

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- How did Jeff Green feel about his terrible Game 1 performance, a night in which he scored zero points and missed all seven of his shot attempts in an 18-point loss against the Indiana Pacers?

"Just missed shots. Just chose the wrong game to miss shots," Green said following the Cleveland Cavaliers' practice Monday. "That's about it."

That was a common response by the Cavaliers on Monday, clinging to the idea that their worst offensive game of the season was more about what they did wrong and believing if they get the same quality looks on Wednesday then the final result will likely be much different.

Green believes the same. That's why he isn't going to change his approach.

"They gonna leave me open, I'm going to continue to shoot them," Green said. "They're gonna fall. And then they have to adjust. I'm not going to adjust to them they have to adjust to how I'm going to play."

During the series opener, the Pacers used center Myles Turner as Green's primary defender, deterring Cleveland's versatile forward from driving to the basket. It led to Green playing the seventh-most minutes in Cavaliers playoff history without scoring.

The advantage Green often had during the regular season -- using his combination of length, strength and quickness in isolations or post-ups -- was completely negated by the bigger Turner, who sagged away from Green repeatedly and dared him to shoot from the outside. Green went 0-of-7 on uncontested shots.

For years, opposing defenses have been forced into a bind against the LeBron James-led Cavaliers, having to decide whether to load up in the paint to pester James or stay connected to lethal outside shooters.

But Green couldn't make the Pacers pay on those open looks. Indiana was thrilled to watch Green fire away and will likely employ the same strategy Wednesday night.

When Turner guarded Green, which happened on 45.1 percent of Green's possessions, the Cavs had a paltry offensive rating of 78.3. The book is out on defending Green. It's a numbers game. And Indiana seems primed to use them to its advantage.

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