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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Frustration keeps building for Green

No one beats up Jeff Green more than himself these days, as the reserve forward attempts to rediscover the high level of play he had during the preseason.

Though Green said Friday he’s not frustrated, his four-point, 1-for-5 performance during the 106-100 loss to Philadelphia was one of the most glaring examples to date of his struggles. ...

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No one beats up Jeff Green more than himself these days, as the reserve forward attempts to rediscover the high level of play he had during the preseason.

Though Green said Friday he’s not frustrated, his four-point, 1-for-5 performance during the 106-100 loss to Philadelphia was one of the most glaring examples to date of his struggles.

“It’s a dilemma, but he’s going to be a good player for us this year,” coach Doc Rivers said. “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.”

Quick hook

The Lakers fired Mike Brown after a 1-4 start Friday, and the NBA’s latest coaching casualty carried Rivers back to the fall of 2003 when he was fired after a 1-10 start in Orlando.

“He beat my record,” Rivers said. “I think it’s awful. I thought mine was awful too, by the way. But five games into a season is hard to believe. Hard to believe when guys are injured. I don’t think Dwight (Howard) or Kobe (Bryant) played at all preseason. It’s their mess. I just feel for Mike.”

As for his own experience, Rivers said, “I was kind of relieved at the time. It was coming eventually. It was only talked about every day. I’m sure you have friends who have lost jobs, but when it’s done publicly, you have kids in school that have to deal with it. All four of my kids were in school and they had to hear it every day. Kids aren’t very nice to kids. I didn’t think much about it myself. I was thinking about the kids.”

Dooling manages

Keyon Dooling’s new job as player development coordinator is still being fleshed out, according to president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. Dooling is likely to spend some of his time as a liaison with the Maine Red Claws, consult with the basketball operations staff, and even members of the community relations department.