Doc 'concerned' after Green misses practice again

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Doc 'concerned' after Green misses practice again

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."

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.