Brad Stevens is seeing Green.
With his No. 1 seed Celtics down 2-0 in their opening series against the No. 8 seed Bulls, Boston's head coach shocked the NBA world Friday afternoon, indicating that Gerald Green, a 31-year-old veteran who averaged 11 minutes per game this season, would start Game 3 on Friday evening.
Green will replace forward Amir Johnson in the starting lineup, meaning that the Celtics will start with an ultra-small lineup of Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Gerald Green, Jae Crowder and Al Horford.
Some speculated that the Celtics would try to make their starting lineup bigger due to their offensive rebounding woes, perhaps by starting Tyler Zeller, so this is a pretty big surprise.
Perhaps the best wrinkle in this, though, is the detail that Celtics' beat writer Jay King provided regarding Green's pre-game ritual for his first start of the season.
Gerald Green currently eating chicken fingers in front of his locker. It's on.— Jay King (@ByJayKing) April 21, 2017
Chicken fingers? Celtics in six.