Garnett: 'Jeff's our brother, we want him around'


Garnett: 'Jeff's our brother, we want him around'

BOSTON Jeff Green will not be sprinting up and down the court for the Boston Celtics this season. Alley-oops from Rajon Rondo?

Not happening.

An aortic aneurysm will keep the power forward out for the entire 2011-2012 season, which also means the 9 million contract Green signed with the Celtics has been voided.

In Doc Rivers' eyes, none of that makes him any less of a teammate.

That was quite obvious on Thursday as Green took a few jumpers at the end of the Celtics practice, which apparently wasn't the first time he has been around the team since it was determined that he would not play this season.

"He's part of the team," said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. "Jeff's hopefully going to get a (championship) ring. He'll be there, just like everyone else."

Green is scheduled to undergo surgery on Jan. 9 -- a month to the day from when the Celtics and the medical staff from New England Baptist Hospital determined there was an irregularity in his physical.

After consulting with additional doctors, their original findings were confirmed.

Green, who declined to speak with the media on Thursday, has a kindred spirit of sorts in teammate Marquis Daniels.

Like Green, Daniels knows all too well what it's like to suffer a season-ending injury.

Daniels spoke with recently about what's necessary for a player to handle such a difficult situation.

"As long as everybody's around, keeping his spirits up, he'll be fine," Daniels told

It appears Green understands this, evident by him essentially doing the same off-the-court things he would be doing this time of year if he were with the Celtics.

"Jeff's our brother, we want him around," said Kevin Garnett. "What he's about to go through, none of us have been through. What he's about to go through is definitely life-changing. And we want him around. We don't know what the future holds for any of this, but it's good to have him around."

Bruins need to "find a way to start playing with a lead"

Bruins need to "find a way to start playing with a lead"

BOSTON -- There’s only so long that a team can hope to thrive, or even survive, in the NHL if they’re constantly chasing the game on the scoreboard, and chasing the puck after digging themselves a hole. The Bruins have been that team in the first couple of weeks during the regular season, and made it five times in five games that they’ve given up the game’s first goal in an eventual 4-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden.

It’s a pattern that is long past getting old to Bruins head coach Claude Julien, who can’t seem to play the front-runner this season despite three comebacks that have allowed for a 3-2-0 record overall this season.

“I hope it’s not a habit. It’s certainly not what we’re looking for, but there’s no doubt. I think it’s pretty obvious that with the amount of games we’ve played, five games, we haven’t scored first,” said Julien. “We talked about that this morning, trying to get that first goal, and it hasn’t happened yet.”

The start to the game wasn’t really the problem on Saturday night as it’s been a couple of times this season. Instead the Bruins enjoyed a handful of quality scoring chances in the opening 20 minutes against the Habs, but couldn’t come through and finish off those plays when it might have meant an early lead.

Instead it lead to what Julien termed a “terrible” second period that was flat, full of mistakes and ended with the B’s trailing Montreal by a couple of goals. The Bruins scratched and clawed their way to making it a one-goal game in the third period, but that was as close as the Black and Gold would get in losing their ninth straight home game to the arch-rival Canadiens.

“It’s kind of been a story about how things are going for us this far, we’ve got to find a way to start playing with a lead. If you don’t capitalize on your chances, you see what happens when you come out [flat] in the second period,” said Torey Krug, who finished a game-worst minus-3 in the loss for the Bruins. “We had another poor second period and you know it’s kind of… you got to make sure that we put our hand on that and it doesn’t become a thing for the team this year. You see that when you don’t capitalize on chances early, that’s what’s going to happen.”

It’s been a positive development that the Bruins have shown the willingness and backbone to fight back into games after early deficits, and they showed that quality once again on Saturday night by scoring a couple of goals in the third period to keep things close. But the Bruins would be best served if they can start lighting the lamp a little earlier in these games, and see how the other half lives by playing with a comfortable lead every once in a while.