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Glum Green: 'Got to stay positive'

BOSTON -- The frustrations continue for Celtics forward Jeff Green.

Limited to 17 minutes, 54 seconds of floor time on Friday, Green chipped in four points and four rebounds in a 106-100 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden, but missed four of the five shots he put up (including three attempts near the rim) and is still searching for a spark at the start of the new season.

Green glumly answered questions at his locker after the game and, while he said he's not frustrated with his play, his demeanor spoke volumes.

"No, I'm not frustrated," said Green. "It's only, what, five games in? So, I'm not frustrated."

Pressed on avoiding getting overly frustrated, Green kept the focus on the team while noting, "It's a long season, so we've got to stay positive."

Green is averaging a mere 7 points and 2.4 rebounds over 21 minutes per game. After a brilliant preseason, he's struggled to carve out a consistent role in the Boston offense and Celtics coach Doc Rivers has leaned on other players in late-game situations.

Rivers admitted he's puzzled by Green's lack of impact, but remains confident he'll eventually emerge. Rivers did, however, admit that Green's frustration is evident.

“It’s a dilemma, but he’s going to be a good player for us this year," said Rivers. "And sooner than later, I’m hoping. We’ve just got to unlock him. Right now he’s just absolutely frustrated, you can see it in his play. But that’s on all of us, it’s not just on Jeff. Jeff’s the easy target right now. Jeff’s part of this team, just like everyone else. And we have to do a better job of getting him going; he’s probably got to do a better job of getting himself going.”