Pacers: Vogel had no choice but to bench Gerald Green
47 minutes ago | Written by Mike Wells | 1 Comments
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – It takes a lot for Pacers coach Frank Vogel to take a player out of the rotation.
That’s Vogel’s style, continue to give the players he considers important opportunities until they run out of chances.
He gave D.J. Augustin countless opportunities to get on track before benching him for a couple of weeks. Augustin, like Vogel predicted, ended up back in the rotation.
Vogel sat Roy Hibbert on the bench for the entire fourth quarter against Atlanta last month because of the Big Fellas’ poor play.
And no matter how many times the media asked about Gerald Green’s atrocious shooting, Vogel stood behind his swingman by saying he felt like Green would eventually find his shooting touch.
But things changed Monday afternoon at the Fed Ex Forum on Memphis.
Vogel benched Green for the entire second half against the Grizzlies. Green played six minutes in the first half, missing all three of his shots and putting up doughnuts across the board in every other category.
Rookie Orlando Johnson got Green’s minutes in the second half.
You can’t be mad at Vogel for making the move. Something had to be done.
The coaching staff constantly encouraged Green to look for his shot.
The more Green shot, the more he missed.
He’s shooting 35 percent from the field, including 29-percent on 3-pointers, this season.
That won’t cut it.
Green has shown few signs of being the player that put up points in New Jersey last season.
This just proves that he can put up points on a bad team, but struggles finding his role on a good team.
It’ll be interesting to see if Vogel goes back to Green against Portland on Wednesday or hands his minutes to Johnson, who has drastically improved since training camp.
You can’t fault Vogel, only Green, if Johnson is now the first wing player off the bench for the Pacers at the Rose Garden.