Indiana Pacers swingman Gerald Green could only blame himself. He couldn’t point the finger at coach Frank Vogel. He couldn’t be mad at rookie Orlando Johnson.

This was all about Green.

He spent too much time trying to do too much, feeling like he had to live up to the three-year contract the Pacers signed him to last summer in the first half of this season.

The more Green pressed, the more he missed. Over and over again.

Green eventually shot himself onto the bench, where he stayed planted for almost two months.

Green finally got his chance to get back in the rotation earlier this week, and he didn’t disappoint.

He had 20 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday and followed with 15 more against the Orlando Magic the next night.

You can’t say Green has officially turned the corner, but he’s taking steps in the right direction.

“Like every professional athlete, it’s tough, you want to play,” Green said. “I understood my opportunity was going to come. I just had to stay ready. I continued to work and tried to keep my spirits high.”

Vogel’s original plan was to only sit Green for a couple of weeks — like he did with point guard D.J. Augustin earlier this season — but Johnson, the team’s second-round pick last summer, didn’t do anything to warrant being taken out of the rotation.