Before and after Sunday's game against Oklahoma City, there were plenty of hugs, handshakes and high-fiving to to go around for Jeff Green.

It was what happened in between - you know, the game itself - that indeed ruined this homecoming of sorts for Green who was among the many Celtics who struggled in Boston's 91-79 loss to the Thunder.

While it was clearly an off night for so many Celtics players, Green's struggles stood out because it was his first game back in Oklahoma City since the Thunder traded him to Boston in 2010.

The 27-year-old was drafted by Boston in 2009, but his draft rights were immediately traded to Oklahoma City (then-Seattle) that night.

So as the Sonics made the migration to Oklahoma City and eventually morphed into the current-day Thunder, Green was part of that.

He doesn't discount how much being a part of that transition period means to him both as a player and on a personal level.

It was clear as day that even though he was no longer a member of the Thunder roster, there's still a lot of love for him in these parts - and vice versa.

So for him to be a little off his game and it likely to be because of a wide-ranging spectrum of emotions, is understandable.

But that being said, Green knows the Celtics have little to no shot at winning when he scores eight points on 2-for-11 shooting in 28 minutes, which was the case on Sunday.