With the news that Eric Bledsoe is making a return in the near future for the Phoenix Suns, many speculated that Gerald Green, who has been having a spectacular season, would end taking a big dip in production once Bledsoe is back.
Well, during Thursday night’s victory over the Thunder, Phoenix’s Gerald Green continued to show why it might not be a good idea to take his shots away. He scored a career high 41 points with 25 coming in the 3rd quarter after not even attempting a shot in the first quarter.
“I haven’t done nothing in this league,” Green said. “Every day I come into practice or come into a game, I’m just trying to prove myself.”
The most impressive thing on Green’s resume is a dunk contest win and to most he’s mainly known as a dunker despite his ability to shoot. Last night, he finished 12 of 22 including 8 of 13 from 3.
“I love the way he’s playing right now,” Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. “We knew he could shoot the ball. There’s not too many guys that can get on a roll like that. The thing that makes him unique (is) some guys you can get up into and maybe challenge a shot a little harder. But Gerald just jumps over everybody. He’s making shots that other guys can’t get that high to shoot.”
Hopefully, this game, along with many other recent games, convinces Hornacek to not taking any shots away from Green when Bledsoe returns because Green deserves the shots and a shot at taking the biggest shots.
“I was just feeling it, man,” he said. “Guys were finding me in transition. I was just being real aggressive. … I’m not afraid to take big shots. I’m not afraid to take any type of shot.