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Gerald Green's struggles cost him spot in rotation

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Gerald Green’s struggles cost him spot in rotation

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The experiment of having swingman Gerald Green be the primary scoring option off the bench has ended. Exactly how long things remain this way are contingent upon how long Gerald Green will continue to be inconsistent. Until then the Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel has benched Green and replaced him in the rotation with rookie Orlando Johnson.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The experiment of having swingman Gerald Green be the primary scoring option off the bench has ended. How long things remain that way will be determined by when Green gets out of his seasonlong funk. Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel has benched Green and replaced him in the rotation with rookie Orlando Johnson. “Just trying something different with him and hopefully trigger some improvement in his shooting,” Vogel said. “We try different things on the court, and when it’s not working, we take a step back, get him out of the rotation for a few games, get extra shots and hopefully it changes his rhythm and flow.” Green, who signed a three-year contract after averaging 13 points with the Nets last season, was supposed to be the scorer the Pacers badly needed off the bench. He has instead been a major disappointment. Green went into Wednesday’s game at Portland averaging 7.2 points on 35 percent shooting in 21 minutes a game.”I haven’t been playing well, and other guys have been playing good,” Green said. “My job is to continue to encourage the guys from the bench. I’ve been through this before. It’s just another day at the office for me.” Green has freakish athletic abilities, but he has fallen in love with the 3-point shot this season. That’s fine, if you’re making a high percentage. It’s not if you’re missing a lot, as Green has been. Nearly half his field goal attempts (300) this season have been 3s (141). Green has made only 28.4 percent of his 3-pointers. “I’ve been settling for a lot of 3s,” he said. “I have to figure out a way to get my offense through the (team’s) offense. I have to be aggressive next time I get my opportunity.” The Pacers are hoping Green responds as D.J. Augustin did when he was demoted to third-string point guard. Augustin handled his demotion well, eventually earned his spot back in the rotation, and has been playing his best basketball of the season since. “Hopefully it’s a short-term deal,” Vogel said. “We’ll come back to him at some point in a few games, see where he’s at, see where it goes.”

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