8.28.2016

Gerald Green Drops 25

November 28, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - With the force of "The Hurricane," the Miami Heat once again blew away the Knicks.

Gerald Green scored a season-high 25 points while starting in place of Luol Deng, and the Heat beat New York 97-78 on Friday night for their second victory over the Knicks this week.

Chris Bosh added 20 points and Dwyane Wade had 17 for the Heat, who held the Knicks to 78 points in both victories over the last six nights.

Green showed off his entire repertoire during a superb fourth-quarter stretch that turned the game into a blowout and sent the Heat to their eighth straight victory over the Knicks, their longest winning streak in the series.

"We all call him The Hurricane because he's got that kind of explosive energy," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Green outplayed New York All-Star Carmelo Anthony, who missed his final eight shots over the last three quarters as the Knicks lost their third straight.

Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis each scored 11 points.

"I don't think they made any kind of adjustments," Anthony said. "I thought they stayed with their game plan from the beginning. I just couldn't find it in the second half for whatever reason."

The Heat beat the Knicks 95-78 on Monday in Miami but then lost 104-81 on Wednesday in Detroit in their first game without Deng, who has a strained left hamstring. Green started for the first time this season in that one but Spoelstra said before the game he hadn't decided if Green would get the nod again Friday in part because he was concerned about defending Anthony.

Not a problem, because nobody could defend Green.

And Green, who missed six games this season after he needed hospitalization following an incident at his apartment and was later suspended by the team, showed he's not just about scoring.

"Offense for me is going to come easy," Green said. "Some days I'm going to hit shots, some days I'm not, but what I do have to do, which is a requirement to wear this jersey, is to go out there and keep playing defense and that's what I'm going to do."

The Heat led by eight early in the fourth quarter before Green drove baseline for a dunk, nailed a 3-pointer and threw down another dunk on an alley-oop to make it 85-70. After a basket by Porzingis, Green made another jumper, then followed Justise Winslow's basket with another 3 that put it away at 92-72 with just under 6 minutes to play.

Anthony was 4 of 5 for 11 points in the first quarter, but never got anything going again after returning from a break in the second. Miami rallied to go ahead by one at halftime and then took control with its defense, holding New York to 29 points after halftime.

"I think we fell apart in the second half," Anthony said. "For whatever reason, we just fell apart."

The Knicks managed three baskets in the first 7-plus minutes of the third quarter, and two of them came on follow shots. Hassan Whiteside blocked two shots on one possession as the Heat pushed their lead to 73-64 heading to the fourth.

TIP-INS

Heat: Amare Stoudemire missed his first chance to return to Madison Square Garden because of an illness. He spent nearly five seasons with the Knicks and has appeared in just two games since signing with Miami in the offseason.

Knicks: The team opened a four-game homestand. New York's next three games are against Houston, Philadelphia and Brooklyn. Those clubs began play Friday with a combined 8-38 record.

LUOL'S LEG

Deng last played Monday against the Knicks. He said he felt his hamstring tighten during the game and it affected his movement, so he and the trainers decided he should sit out again Friday to be smart. Deng hopes to return Monday against Boston.

8.27.2016

Gerald Green Helps Limit Carmelo to 11

November 28, 2015

For extended stretches, especially at the outset, it was a sluggish game with lethargic players in front of a muted crowd at Madison Square Garden.

What this one called for was someone to step up and generate enough moments to make a difference.

8.26.2016

Gerald Green Returns from Suspension

November 14, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - Gerald Green returned to practice with the Miami Heat on Saturday, though what exactly caused his extended absence from the team remains a closely guarded secret.

Green expressed remorse for the incident but did not offer any new details on what happened at his apartment building Nov. 4.

8.25.2016

Light Shed on Gerald Green Suspension

November 12, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - Miami Heat guard Gerald Green punched a man, then was combative with paramedics and eventually needed to be handcuffed just so rescue personnel could transport him to a trauma center last week, according to police.

8.24.2016

Gerald Green a Fit

October 22, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - There was a time when Gerald Green figured he wouldn't be able to play basketball anymore, how the injury that robbed him of a finger would end whatever chance he had by default.

He was wrong.

And right now, the Miami Heat couldn't be happier about that.

8.23.2016

Gerald Green can Score the Rock

October 19, 2015

ATLANTA -- One of the biggest mysteries of the Heat's preseason is whether newcomer Gerald Green can become a steady defender. It is doubtless, though, that he gives the Heat more offensive firepower than any sub they turned to last season.

8.22.2016

Gerald Green Scores 24 Points in 22 Minutes

April 5, 2015

Down to their second-to-last home game Saturday night, the Suns provided reminders of a different time in the season when wins and Gerald Green playing time were more common.

8.21.2016

Isaiah Thomas and Gerald Green Moved to Bench

January 30, 2015

The Suns' bench features a backcourt averaging more points per game than a third of the NBA's starting backcourts.

That makes for a starter-quality duo in reserves Isaiah Thomas and Gerald Green, who were starting most of their respective teams' games last season.

8.20.2016

Gerald Green, Dragic Lead Suns Past Wolves

January 17, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Gerald Green got his groove back for Phoenix and the Suns returned the Minnesota Timberwolves to their accustomed spot on the wrong side of a final score.

Goran Dragic scored 21 points, Green added 19 and the Suns beat the Timberwolves 110-99 victory on Friday night.

8.19.2016

Suns selling Gerald Green-inspired, 4.5-finger foam hand


January 20, 2015

Last week, the Phoenix Suns team shop began selling a rather unusual product: A foam hand with only four and a half fingers, in a tribute to swingman Gerald Green. And as the Suns took on the Lakers Monday night, TNT gave the item some airtime. 

Here's a look at the foam hand.

8.18.2016

After Being Cut in China and Demoted to D-League, Gerald Green is Resilient

December 21, 2014

NEW YORK - A missed shot is certainly not going to stop Suns guard Gerald Green from shooting again.

A mistake will not deter him from trying to immediately make up for it.

So his bad games are going to last in his head about as long as a bubble floating in the air.

Green went from making 1 of 6 3-pointers against Detroit to hitting 3 of 7 against Oklahoma City. He went from missing his first 11 3s against Milwaukee to making 3 of 5 at Charlotte. So missing his first five 3s in Saturday's win against New York did not have a carry-over effect to him making a key fourth-quarter 3 or today's game at Washington.

8.17.2016

Gerald Green is a High-Volume 3-Point Shooter

January 13, 2015

The NBA trade deadline is not until Feb. 19, but that hasn't stopped teams from making deals. After all, teams and their general managers are always looking for ways to improve their squad.

Michael Lee highlighted five players who should get dealt and where they'd best fit, and one of those mentioned has a lot of value for the right club: Gerald Green of the Phoenix Suns.

8.16.2016

Isaiah Thomas and Gerald Green Combine for 31 Points in 36-12 Run Over Golden State

November 12, 2014

The Suns are in search of combinations and rotations that click.

They found one with the lineup that outscored Golden State 36-12 in the first 101/2 minutes of the fourth quarter Sunday. Within that group, they already had discovered a bench backcourt in sync for energy and explosiveness.

8.15.2016

Gerald Green Reflects on Decision to Skip College

March 31, 2015

While the fate of Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford twists in the wind, the men's basketball program's next great hope, Jawun Evans (Justin F. Kimball High/Dallas, Texas), will take the national stage Wednesday night in the 38th McDonald's All American Game.Evans, a 6-foot point guard who has drawn comparisons to a young Chris Paul, joins a select group of Cowboy recruits that were considered capable of returning the program to national prominence.Three years ago it was Marcus Smart. Four years ago it was Le'Bryan Nash. Eight years ago it was James Anderson.But Monday marked the 10th anniversary of perhaps the greatest hope in Cowboys history, guard Gerald Green.Green was the No. 1 recruit in the nation in 2005 but after committing to OSU later bypassed Stillwater and college altogether to declare for the NBA Draft.

Green put his talents on display in that year's McDonald's All American Game, scoring a game-high 24 points in 20 minutes. He made eight of 12 shots, including six of nine 3-pointers. Green also won that year's Slam Dunk Contest, showcasing his incredible athleticism one night before flaunting his incredible shooting range.To this day, many still wonder what Cowboys basketball could have been had it landed Green, who was joined in that year's recruiting class by fellow McDonald's All-American Byron Eaton.Green ultimately was selected 18th overall by the Boston Celtics. Over the past 10 years, Green has bounced from Boston to the D-League, to stints with Minnesota, Houston and Dallas, to Russia and China, back to the D-League and to New Jersey and Indiana before finding some semblance of stability in Phoenix, where he's played for the past two seasons.Before the Thunder-Suns game Sunday night, Green reflected on his decision to bypass Oklahoma State.

"I was a young kid growing up with nothing, man," Green told The Oklahoman. "I needed to put myself in a situation where I could help my family out. As simple as that."Green said his decision in no way reflected his feelings toward OSU or the basketball program and he is happy with the way everything has worked out."Absolutely," Green said. "It's (worked out) pretty good."Last year, Green averaged a career-high 15.8 points on a career-best 40 percent shooting from 3-point range while playing all 82 games (48 starts) for the Suns. He's averaging 11.4 points this season but has fallen out of Phoenix's rotation and played sporadic minutes since mid-February. He'll be a free agent at season's end."I think it's become a home for me," Green said. "The fans, the city, the organization, we're all supportive of each other. So for me to finally find a place like that to support me, it goes both ways. It's a blessing for me."

8.14.2016

Gerald Green Focused on D

December 7, 2015

MIAMI -- This is more than just doing a job or meeting a mandate from the organization. Gerald Green is discovering a passion for defense he never knew existed.

He needed to reinvent himself as a defender if he wanted a major role with the Heat, but the genuine enthusiasm has been unexpected.

8.13.2016

Isaiah Thomas and Gerald Green are Suns' 1-2 Punch

November 13, 2014

They have white jerseys instead of white horses and chest-pounding in lieu of armor, but Suns reserve guards Isaiah Thomas and Gerald Green keep coming to the rescue.

One or the other has led the Suns in scoring for six of eight games. The Suns would not have pulled out Wednesday night's 112-104 win against Brooklyn at US Airways Center without a massive defensive turnaround in the second half, but Green and Thomas bought the defense time to show up.

8.12.2016

Gerald Green Deals with Reduced PT

February 4, 2015

Gerald Green's recent absence from a game and reduction in playing time can't go unnoticed.

For Green, it is a blemish on his season.

"It's like having a pimple," Green said. "Hey, you've got it for a couple days. Hopefully, it's going to pop and you can get back to normal.

8.11.2016

Gerald Green and Isaiah Thomas Lead Suns Over Pacers

November 23, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - If you ask the Phoenix Suns about their promising start to the NBA season, coach Jeff Hornacek is optimistic while the players are focused on the long-term goal of getting back to the playoffs.

8.10.2016

Gerald Green has the Skill Set to be a Two-Way Player

October 12, 2015

The hypothesis behind the Heat's experiment with Gerald Green is simple: The same skill set that makes him a live wire offensively could make him a really good defender.

The variable with players like this is dedication, and Green is eager to prove his commitment. As he nears 30, being a mere showman is no longer enough for him. The opportunity to expand his game and play a substantive role on a contender was so enticing that he came to Miami on a minimum contract.

8.09.2016

Gerald Green Awaits Next Opportunity

3/25/16

It's the same scene every night. As Dwyane Wade, Hassan Whiteside and his other teammates finish answering postgame questions and the bright lights of the TV cameras flip off, Gerald Green bounds into the locker room dressed in sweat-drenched practice gear.

8.08.2016

The Gerald Green Experience is more whirlwind than comforting breeze

October 9, 2015

Two games into the preseason, the Miami Heat have now experienced the storm, which is why it would be unwise to discount the team's bench in any game.

Through three periods of Wednesday's 100-97 exhibition loss to the Orlando Magic in Louisville, Green was scoreless, had attempted just one shot, with the Heat down 74-66.

And then percolation, and certainly not decaf.

8.07.2016

Gerald Green Finds Home in Phoenix

BOSTON - In some ways, it seems to Gerald Green like his days playing for the Boston Celtics as an 18-year-old fresh out of high school were only yesterday. 

In others, it was like a lifetime ago. When Green - a projected top-three pick - fell to the Celtics at No. 18 in the 2005 NBA draft, the team took a chance on the ridiculous upside of the draft's most intriguing athletic talent.

8.06.2016

Gerald Green Drops 18 in 7 Minutes

November 23, 2014

The Pacers probably think that game was about them.

Gerald Green was undoubtedly even more hyper to play Saturday night because the Suns were visiting his previous employer. Indiana did not use him in the same way and then traded him.

8.05.2016

Gerald Green Lights Up Nuggets Again

November 27, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - Suns coach Jeff Hornacek wondered if his team would be a little tired after a six-game road trip that ended with a long flight home from Toronto on Monday night.

8.04.2016

Gerald Green: "It's Not about the Money"

July 11, 2015

Gerald Green had played for seven NBA teams, but he wanted his eighth team to be a championship contender.

"Once I heard that Miami wanted to give me an opportunity to come here and play, it wasn't even about the money," Green said on a conference call with reporters Friday. "I'm trying to help this team get to where it's capable of being and that's winning the championship. I've never been there before, but I know this team has."

8.03.2016

Gerald Green Looking Forward to Bench Role

November 6, 2013

Geral Green appreciates that he played well enough in preseason and the first three regular-season games to earn Tuesday night's start in place of the injured Goran Dragic at New Orleans. But he would enjoy seeing Dragic back even more, even though Dragic's down time for a left-ankle sprain probably also will include tonight's game at San Antonio.

Gerald Green Accepts Pat Riley's Challenge

Gerald Green Accepts Pat Riley's Challenge

July 11, 2015

MIAMI -- With the Miami Heat at the how-much-do-you-want-to-be-here stage of NBA free agency, Gerald Green made his statement by signing on the dotted line. At the NBA minimum.

8.02.2016

Antoine Gone, But Ainge Got a Lot in Return

November 06, 2005

The release of Curtis Borchardt Oct. 27 did more than just finish off the Celtics' roster. It also pretty much closed the book on Antoine Walker's two stays in Boston. While Toine may still hold the city and the Celtics dear in his heart, he can now look back and know that whatever transpires in the next few years will be in large part thanks to him and to the assembled multitudes that Danny Ainge acquired in his three deals involving Employee No. 8.

8.01.2016

Celtics Aiming for Relevance

November 05, 2005

Once again, it's all about the r-word. It's all about relevance. The Celtics, like their hockey brethren who share the big building on Causeway Street, are trying to earn a spot back in the rotation.

7.31.2016

Rivers Hoping for Piston-Like Continuity

November 05, 2005

When Doc Rivers looked down the sideline at the Pistons last night at the TD Banknorth Garden, there was some understandable envy. But it wasn't because Rivers wants the Pistons' talent and the 2004 NBA title. Perhaps more than anything else, Rivers would like the kind of continuity Detroit brings to floor. Chauncey Billups , Tayshaun Prince , Ben Wallace , and Rasheed Wallace have had time to nurture chemistry on the court. The Celtics have not been as fortunate with a seemingly endless influx of young players.

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