Houston Rockets: Jeff Green deserves a spot on the team’s roster

Houston Rockets forward Jeff Green (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets forward Jeff Green (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images) /

The Houston Rockets signed forward Jeff Green to a 10-day contract but as time expires, it’s apparent that he needs a spot on this roster. Why? Let’s look.

The Houston Rockets were able to take down the New York Knicks last night in dominating fashion, with the team keeping their opponent in their rear-view mirror for the majority of the contest.

For a game that just involved four lead changes and only five ties, this game was well-decided shortly after the jump.  The Houston Rockets led by as much as 25 points with the Knicks not taking more than a three-point lead which was earlier in the game.

Amid Kobe Bryant‘s official memorial service, James Harden, Russell Westbrook and P.J. Tucker were all in uniform after arriving in just minutes before tip-off after taking the three-hour or so long flight from Los Angeles back to H-Town to attend.

Westbrook was out last night; and obviously P.J. Tucker was fatigued, putting up just two points and five rebounds in a reduced 25 minutes as a starter.

But the most notable moment was Harden, who still managed to put up 37 points, six rebounds and nine assists while nailing 36.4 percent of threes to help power the Houston Rockets over the Knicks.

I could only imagine how tired those three guys were as they had to go straight to Los Angeles after their 120-110 win over the Utah Jazz, prepare for and attend the services, then quickly fly back to H-Town to partake in the matchup against the Knicks.

Despite all of that, these guys persevered in some way, whether it was with Harden’s leadership on the court, Russ’ command off the court and Tucker’s domineering presence, these guys still were instrumental in making sure the team got the job done.

And it wasn’t only those guys in particular and I certainly have to give props when it’s due.

Jeff Green, who signed a 10-Day Contract with the Houston Rockets, has shown that he has quickly caught on to the team’s system and has convinced us that he’s a fit for this team.

The team signed him to a short-term deal to see if he’d be able to mesh in Mike D’Antoni‘s system and it looks like he’ll be just fine.

He was scoring points, grabbing rebounds, blocking shots and nabbing him some steals, all of the things that a player in this system is asked to do, making up for the shortcomings of not having a full-time center in the starting lineup.

He had an awesome dunk in the second half where he drove to his right but finished up with left, demonstrating that the 33-year-old veteran has plenty left in the tank to help this team, especially within the postseason, something this team is trying to seed highly for.

The 6-foot-8, 235-pound forward had been a free agent since the Jazz released two months ago but he had

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been Miami staying ready, working out for his next opportunity.  That seems to have paid off big dividends as the extra time off has rejuvenated him in every sense of the word.

Things are going so well that ESPN’s Jordan Schultz is reporting that the Houston Rockets plan to sign him for the rest of the season before Thursday, which is when his short-term contract is up.

Schultz mentions that Green and the Rox are “really happy with the fit,” so we’ll be seeing more of him based on the latest news.

Green chipped in nine points, two rebounds, two steals and one block while nailing every single field goal, three-pointer and free throw offered to him.  His efficiency was a +22 in last night’s lineup so if this was an audition, he’s definitely got the job.

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I’ve been a fan of Green for quite some time and it’s amazing other teams whiffed on him while he was waiting for someone to sign him.  But as with Daryl Morey, he knows where to find those diamonds on the cheap.

So I can say it officially now — welcome to the H Jeff!  Let’s go!