Celtics insert Gerald Green into starting lineup

Boston Celtics' Gerald Green on the court during the fourth quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Boston. The Bulls won 106-102. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The Boston Celtics trail the Chicago Bulls 2-0 in their opening round series, with Friday night’s game switching the location to Chicago for the first time. Earlier in the day, Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo was ruled out with a thumb injury. The Celtics now make a starting lineup shift of their own, inserting forward Gerald Green into the power forward spot, taking the place of Amir Johnson.

“The biggest thing that I want to be able to do and our guys want to be able to do is able to spread them on offense and shoot the ball and then on defense, I just think if we’re not going to play two bigs, we’ve got to be long and athletic on the perimeter,” coach Brad Stevens said, per CBS Chicago.

Green did not start a single game during the regular season, appearing in just 47 overall, while averaging 11.4 minutes per night. Johnson for his part, started 77 of the 80 games he played in.

Off the bench, Green averaged 5.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game, shooting 40.9 percent from the floor overall. It’s just the second season of Green’s career in which he did not start a game during the regular season, with the last coming in 2007-08, when he appeared with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Houston Rockets.

Green is on his second stint with the Celtics, who first drafted him 18th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft out of high school. He played just two years with the team after being drafted, having since appeared for seven different franchises in the past decade.

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