Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks loss to Thunder: 2. Green shows his improvement
The Mavs had struggled on the defensive end to start the season. Teams have scored at will at the rim, and that made the Thunder a dangerous opponent. No team drives more than Oklahoma City, and the lack of rim protection was on display at points on Saturday night. The Mavericks rested JaVale McGee on the first night of a back-to-back, but that only hurt their ability to protect the rim.
Josh Green had a fantastic game off the bench that will not draw any headlines. He finished with six points, five rebounds, one assist, and four steals in 15 minutes of action against the Thunder. His energy and effort were infectious, and Green created havoc for OKC on both ends of the floor. He finished plus-24 when he was on the floor, and Green certainly made an impact on Saturday night.
Green was part of the Mavericks' massive run to start the fourth quarter which appeared to be the difference in the game before the Thunder stormed back late to send it to overtime. It was a wild contest and disappointing loss for Dallas, but the 21-year-old was fantastic when he was on the court on Oct. 29, and he continues to showcase his improvements.