Celtics' Green feels for former teammate Westbrook

Celtics' Green feels for former teammate Westbrook
April 26, 2013, 8:30 pm
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BOSTON — The torn meniscus injury suffered by Russell Westbrook has had an impact on more than just the Oklahoma City Thunder.

It's rippling effect can be felt all the way here in Boston by one of his former teammates, Jeff Green.

Green, who played with Westbrook for two-plus seasons in Oklahoma City, has spoken with his former teammate since the injury occurred on Wednesday in the Thunder's Game 2 win over the Houston Rockets.

Houston rookie Patrick Beverley was trying to steal the ball from Westbrook when his hip collided with Westbrook's knee.

Although Westbrook played on it briefly, it was clear that he was in pain.

"I felt bad for him," Green said. "With him being a good friend, I hate to see anybody, but especially a friend of mine, be injured. Especially the way he was playing the past couple of years. He's been tremendous. It's tough to see him go down."

The Thunder released a statement on Westbrook indicating that he will be out indefinitely.

"Our players' health is our first and foremost concern," Thunder General Manager Sam Presti said in a statement. "The Thunder's medical team and several specialists we consulted with determined that Russell undergo a procedure to address the issue.

The statement continued, "We have thoroughly discussed this with Russell. Despite being the competitor and teammate that he is, he respects and understands the decision and is committed to come back even stronger. Certainly Russell is a leader and core player for this team, but we are in the midst of the playoffs and I know other players are determined to step up and contribute."

Said Green: "I know when they told him, he probably wanted to still play, knowing Russell. But in his best interests and the team's best interests, he sit out and take care of his leg and how he plays."

Celtics Doc Rivers was among those disappointed to hear the news about Russell's injury.

"Especially them in how they score and how their scoring distribution is divvied up," Rivers said. "That's a huge loss."