Doc 'concerned' after Green misses practice again

Doc 'concerned' after Green misses practice again
December 14, 2011, 10:42 pm
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WALTHAM Paul Pierce (right heel) and Rajon Rondo (right ankle) were once again kept out of practice, and will likely be sidelined for the next couple of days.

But the biggest concern for the Boston Celtics right now is Jeff Green, whose status remains very much in the air.

The team is awaiting the results from a second round of tests after some irregular findings were discovered in his physical.

Because of those findings, Green has been unable to participate in full contact drills with the C's.

When asked about how concerned he is right now with Green's status, coach Doc Rivers replied, "It is a concern, a big concern. Whenever anything is red-flagged and they have to re-do stuff, you get concerned. We just have to wait and see."

Rivers hopes to have the results within the next 24 hours.

But even when they arrive, that doesn't necessarily mean Green, who signed a one-year deal worth 9 million with the Celtics, will immediately return to the practice floor.

"And then doctors (will review the results)," Rivers said. "That's usually what happens."

Green, who was unavailable for comment on Tuesday, said on Monday that he thought the results from his stress test were off because of fatigue.

"It was a late day Thursday, trying to get everything squared away," Green said. "And then coming here, I didn't sleep and flight got delayed four hours and then had to do the physical, the stress test. I think it was just fatigue."

Green added, "In my mind, it was fatigue because I didn't sleep at all, so it was kind of tough to judge."

What is easy to judge is the impact that this has had on Green, who came into this season looking to be a much-improved, more aggressive player than the one we saw last season after he was traded to Boston, from Oklahoma City.

In Oklahoma City, Green averaged 15.2 points in 49 games (all starts), playing 37 minutes a night. With the Celtics, he appeared in 26 games (two starts) and averaged a 9.8 points while playing 23.5 minutes per game.

"Coming in here in a tough situation last year," Green said. "I wasn't comfortable in my spot. It was tough to transition from coming from Oklahoma and doing what I was doing there, to coming here and trying to find my spot somewhere and score the ball. Now after having conversations with Doc and knowing my role a little bit more better, a lot more comfortable. I'm ready to get started."

So you can imagine with that mindset, the news that he remains unable to participate has not been well received by the 6-foot-8 forward.

"Not great" was how Rivers described Green handling the news that he couldn't practice with the team.

"One of the reasons he came in the day before . . . one thing he wanted to do was start early and not fall behind," said Rivers, who added that he thought the team would know the results of Green's latest tests within the next 24 hours. "He felt that really hurt him when he was traded. So obviously, you can imagine he's a little frustrated."