Green's injury brings back memories for Daniels


Green's injury brings back memories for Daniels

BOSTON -- The scene was all too familiar to Marquis Daniels.

Jeff Green lay at the same end of the court near the same basket where Daniels fell motionless two seasons ago.

On Friday, Green suffered a bruised left cheek and chipped teeth after taking an elbow to the
face from Ersan Ilyasova during a fight for a loose ball. The swingman stayed down on the
parquet as medical staff attended to him, while the Boston Celtics looked on in concern and
Daniels sat anxiously on the Milwaukee Bucks bench worried about his former teammate.

"I just saw him laying down there," Daniels told "I knew it had to be bad. Jeff's a pretty tough guy. I just hope he can recover from it soon."

Rewind to February of 2011. Daniels was attacking the basket against the Orlando Magic when he collided with Gilbert Arenas and crashed on to the floor in temporary paralysis. Just as they did with Green, the Celtics medical staff rushed to Daniels' attention and teammates watched hoping he would be ok. Daniels was wheeled off the court in a stretcher, the future of his career unknown. Further tests revealed he suffered from spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal, and required surgery.

After his own injury, Daniels did a made a quick assessment of Green from across the court.

"I just wanted to see he was moving first," Daniels said. "He was moving, but you could tell he was in obvious pain. I was just glad he was moving and still had feeling, because you never know. This game is a lot more physical than what people think it is."

Daniels got to know Green last season when Daniels re-signed with the Celtics. The two only
shared the court for a short time, though, before Green underwent season-ending heart surgery in January. After Green's hard-fought recovery, Daniels grew concerned over the injury given the amount of time Green stayed down. The Celtics swingman was diagnosed with a bruised left cheek and chipped teeth. He is listed as day-to-day.

"Anytime I see a player down like that, that's not good," said Daniels. "I don't like to see that
regardless if you're on my team or not. I sent a prayer out for him."

Nearly two years after Daniels' injury, he thought only about his former teammate and not his own scare on Friday night. He refuses to be held back by what happened on the parquet in 2011.

"I don't even think about it," he said. "I don't even look at the videos. I try not to think about it because that was probably close to the worst thing that can happen out there, not being able to move. I'm just glad Jeff was able to move and he'll be ok."

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

BOSTON – The Bruins simply weren’t ready to play on Thursday night when the puck was dropped against the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden. 

They fell down quickly by a 2-0 score, had a couple of completely inept power plays in the first period that sucked all the game’s momentum away from them and received some subpar goaltending from Anton Khudobin on the way to a 4-2 loss to the lowly Avs. About the only B’s person above reproach in this one was David Pastrnak after scoring a pair of goals in the second period to get Boston back into the game, but it all fell short in a very frustrating, lackadaisical loss to a Western Conference team that isn’t very good. 


Needless to say B’s coach Claude Julien wasn’t too happy after a loss where the Bruins might have had more success with a smarter approach to holding the puck. 

“There were a lot of problematic things [in the loss]. No doubt that the power play could have helped us in the first period, and failed to do that. They’ve got to be better,” said Julien. “We needed some saves tonight, and we didn’t get them. [Anton Khudobin] has got to be better. 

“A lot of things here that we can be better at, and take responsibility [for]. But at the same time, you got to move on here.  It’s one of those nights that had we been smarter from the get go, we would have had a chance.”

Clearly it was about a lacking group effort when dissecting the loss, and the minus-3 for David Krejci on Thursday night marked back-to-back negative performances from the playmaking Czech center in big spots. The goaltending was shoddy with Anton Khudobin allowing four goals on 22 shots for Colorado, and unable to make plays on a couple of Colorado shots from outside the painted area that built up the Avs lead in the first place. 

But it was also very much about the inability of the Bruins to generate consistent offense outside of David Pastrnak’s offensive burst in the second period, and the complete breakdown of the Boston power play in the opening 20 minutes. The Bruins struggled to enter the zone in their first PP possession of the game, and then allowed a Nathan MacKinnon shorthanded goal after Torey Krug futilely dove at the blue line to try and keep the puck in the offensive zone. 

The Krug misplay at the offensive blue line gave MacKinnon a clear path the net, and he buried a wrist shot past Khudobin to get the one-sided loss rolling. Beyond the costly mistakes that ended up in the back of the net, the Bruins looked sloppy and slow-reacting in their breakouts and more than willing to settle for outside perimeter shots.

That doesn’t exactly make for a winning combo even when it comes against a flawed, underachieving team like Colorado, and especially when it comes less than 24 hours after a hard-fought road game in Washington DC. 

“I think we were still sleeping there early in the game and they were able to capitalize on their opportunities. We couldn’t claw our way back,” said Brad Marchand, who picked up an assist on David Pastrnak’s second goal of the night on a perfect dish for the one-timer. “I think it was definitely a mental [block]. You’re able to battle through that physical fatigue. It was more the mental mistakes and not being prepared right off the hop of the start of the game. Again, that’s kind of where we lost it.”

The sleepwalking Bruins lost Thursday night’s valuable two points as soon as the opening puck was dropped against the Avalanche, of course, and the Bruins never got out of lollygag mode at a time when intensity should have been automatic. 

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Chiefs hold off Raiders 21-13 to take control of AFC West


THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Chiefs hold off Raiders 21-13 to take control of AFC West

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Tyreek Hill had touchdowns receiving and on a punt return, Kansas City's defense made life miserable for Oakland quarterback Derek Carr, and the Chiefs beat the Raiders 21-13 on a frigid Thursday night to take control of the AFC West.

Charcandrick West also had a touchdown run for the Chiefs (10-3). They moved into a first-place tie with Oakland (10-3) but holds the tiebreaker with two wins over their longtime divisional rival.

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