The Houston Rockets dominated the Thunder, and Jeff Green was a major reason. In the fourth quarter, he showed just how much he was feeling it on the court.
Among the keys to a series victory for the Houston Rockets was an all-out effort from the role players. On Tuesday, the team got exactly that, getting double-figure nights from four guys not named James Harden. Perhaps the most impressive of those was 33-year-old Jeff Green.
From the moment he entered the game, Green was doing a little bit of everything out on the court. His strong drives to the bucket in the first half resulted in two ‘and-1’ opportunities while his outside shot, as usual, was going down.
With the Rockets pulling away in the final frame, Jeff showed everyone something that undoubtedly turned a lot of heads when he took Danilo Gallinari off the dribble at the top of the key. The result was — well, it’s best for you just to watch it for yourself.
Jeff Green dances to the rack! ? pic.twitter.com/5k5hYM3S7W
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Upon receiving a pass from Danuel House, Green immediately goes into his move, taking a dribble to the right before executing a perfect behind-the-back crossover dribble to get past Danilo. He then finishes at the cup with a left-handed scooping layup over Mike Muscala.
Whatever got into Jeff Green between his time in Utah and Houston has been working wonders. The veteran finished second on the team in scoring in Game 1 with 22 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists. He also buried 3-of-7 from deep, which will only continue to open up driving lanes for him.
We argued the case for Jeff being the X-Factor of the series recently, and if Game 1 is any indication, it looks like we were onto something.