2018 NBA Playoffs

The Jeff Green factor and other keys to Game 7 of Celtics-Cavs

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Breaking down the keys for the Celtics heading into a Game 7 showdown with the Cavs at the TD Garden on Sunday night. 

1. Taking advantage of Jeff Green: To the chagrin of many Cavs fans, the veteran forward will get the nod in place of an injured Kevin Love at the starting power forward spot in Game 7. The move by Ty Lue is understandable on the surface. Green is a better floor spacer than Larry Nance Jr., which should open up more driving lanes for LeBron James compared to Nance Jr. Green's versatility on the defensive end should help out as well, giving the Cavs frontcourt the ability to do more switching without consequences. It’s unclear whether these potential advantages will be able to counteract the fact that Green has been an underwhelming postseason player throughout his career. He is prone to being bullied in the post, he doesn’t rebound at all and his 3-point shooting (32 percent career) is not something you want to count on from a Cavs perspective. Given the pressure of a Game 7 atmosphere, the Celtics have to like their chances with Green playing a prominent role in the Cavs gameplan.

2. Attacking the offensive glass: Boston has been the much better team in this area at the TD Garden all series long and that trend