Green will play against Trail Blazers

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Green will play against Trail Blazers

BOSTON -- Jeff Green will play on Friday night against the Portland Trail Blazers after spraining his right knee in the Boston Celtics loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

Green made the decision to suit up after going through pregame warmups.

"Movement, cutting, if I can tolerate the soreness and pain that I have," he said of his criteria to play. "I can, so I've just got to play through it and go out there and play hard."

The Celtics swingman does not expect to be limited in minutes. He will wear a protective kneepad as a precaution.

"He looked good," said Doc Rivers. "He moved around really well in shootaround this morning. So we're viewing him as a hundred percent."

After undergoing season-ending heart surgery last January, Green isn't getting worked up about this injury.

"This is nothing," he said. "This is nothing at all."

Green is averaging 7.7 points and 2.5 rebounds in 21.5 minutes per game this season.

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Report: Celtics secure meeting with Dwight Howard

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Report: Celtics secure meeting with Dwight Howard

In February, the Boston Celtics were involved in trade deadline talks with the Houston Rockets involving center Dwight Howard.

It appears the team still has interest in the free-agent big man. 

According to ESPN, the Celtics have secured a meeting with Howard after July 1.

Howard, 30, became a free agent after declining a player option that would have paid him more the $23 million in 2016-17 

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