In case the eye-test alone wasn’t enough to convince you that Jeff Green and Brandon Bass should never share a basketball court, Zach Lowe said this about the Green-Bass lineup at the end of his Grantland column yesterday:
This just hasn’t worked well, regardless of whether Boston pairs these two in big lineups or small ones. Boston’s opponents have outscored the Celtics by nearly 15 points per 100 possessions in the 500 minutes these two had shared entering Monday’s game. Boston’s overall scoring margin was exactly even going into that game, and no other two-man combination that had logged at least 200 minutes had a worse differential than -6.1 points per 100 possessions, according to NBA.com.
Here’s the lineup data Lowe is referring to on NBA.com. I’ll leave you to parse through most of it yourself but here’s how bad that lineup is: With both Bass and Green on the floor the Celtics have a worse offensive rating than the league-worst Washington Wizards (by 3.3 points!) and are 28th in the league in defensive rating, ahead of only the Charlotte Bobcats and the Sacramento Kings. Not a good look.
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