Green's injury doesn't appear serious

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Green's injury doesn't appear serious

BOSTON Oh no, not again.

There was a sense of deja vu for the Boston Celtics in the fourth quarter after Jeff Green caught an elbow to the face that left him on the floor for more than just a moment.

It had the look - even down to the location of the incident - that was reminiscent to what happened to former Celtic Marquis Daniels during the 2010 playoffs against Orlando.

Daniels suffered a concussion, but fortunately Green's injury on Friday wasn't nearly as severe.

A team official said Green suffered a bruised left cheek along with a few chipped teeth.

As far as his availability for the C's Christmas Day game against Brooklyn, that remains unclear.

While Green has been inconsistent this season, his presence is valuable to the Celtics turning around a season that hasn't been what the C's were aiming for.

Boston comes into the Christmas Day game against the Nets with a 13-13 record.

If he is unable to play or is limited, that would put even more pressure on Paul Pierce to carry the load at the small forward position.

The only other small forward on the roster is rookie Kris Joseph who was recently called up from the D-League. Joseph told CSNNE.com prior to the Bucks loss that he was traveling with the team during their road trip that begins Christmas Day at Brooklyn.

"I don't know if I'll play, but I'll be there, ready to play if my number's called," Joseph said.

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

BOSTON – The trip to the TD Garden is one that Jared Sullinger has made many times but never like this. 

The former Celtic was back in town with his new team, the Toronto Raptors who signed him to a one-year, $5.6 million deal after the Celtics rescinded their qualifying offer to him and thus made him an unrestricted free agent. 

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“I had a feeling it was going to go that way once they signed big Al (Horford), that they were going to let me go,” Sullinger said prior to Friday’s game.  “We were prepared for it. It is what it is. I’m happy these guys are doing well.”

And he hopes to say the same for himself sometime in the future after undergoing surgery to have a screw inserted in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot – the same foot he had season-ending surgery on during the 2014-2015 season with the Celtics. 

There’s no specific timetable as to when he’ll be back on the floor, and Sullinger is cool with that plan. 

“I don’t know. They’re hiding the protocol from me so I won’t rush; we’ll see,” said Sullinger who is still in a walking boot. 

The 6-foot-9 forward played well in the preseason and solidified himself as the team’s starting power forward. 

Now that he’s out with another injury, he’ll have to once again try and prove himself either later this season when he returns, or this summer when he becomes a free agent again.

For now, Sullinger is happy to be back in town, seeing lots of familiar faces, friends and ex-teammates that he says he still keeps in close contact with. 

“Some of these guys I considered like brothers to me,” Sullinger said. “IT (Isaiah Thomas), Jae Crowder to name a few. So I watch from a distance, I support from a distance. They’re playing well.”

In addition to his former teammates, the lines of communication remained open between him and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens as well. 

Stevens said the two exchanged text messages right before he had foot surgery, and afterwards. 

“Obviously, everyone here wishes a speedy recovery and hopefully he gets back on the court soon,” Stevens said. 

Sullinger has been an effective player during his time in the NBA, with career averages of 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. 

But this will be the third time in his five NBA seasons that he will miss a significant amount of time on the court due to an injury or recovering from an injury. 

Stevens acknowledged that he feels for Sullinger who once again has to go through rehabilitation in order to get back on the floor.

“I like Jared a lot,” Stevens said. “He’s a heck of a player, he’s a really smart guy. Got a lot of respect for him and it stinks that he’s got to go through that but he’ll come back strong I’m sure.”