Green likely to miss games

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Green likely to miss games

BOSTON A source close to Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green says the 6-foot-8 forward is expected to miss some games early on this season due to an undisclosed health condition that became apparent during his most recent physical.

Green, accompanied by president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, were at an undisclosed location on Friday seeking a second opinion.

Head coach Doc Rivers had expressed optimism earlier in the day that the results from that second opinion would be back in time for him to discuss Green's status following Friday night's intra-squad scrimmage at the TD Garden.

However, Ainge told CSNNE.com that there would not be an update on Green's status forthcoming on Friday.

"I was hoping to have his results back tonight," Ainge said in a phone interview. "We hope to have some answers tomorrow."

Following Friday's game, Rivers said that an announcement on Green's status would be made sometime on Saturday.

It was unclear if the Celtics were going to have a press conference, or whether the team would release a statement.

While the C's have yet to say exactly what Green's condition is, a source says that it can be controlled with medication.

The same source did not know if it would require a medical procedure as well, but "that's one of the options, for sure."

Celtics forward Paul Pierce spoke with Green recently about his yet-to-be-determined status with the team.

"He's down now," Pierce told CSNNE.com. "I had a chance to sit down with him in his locker the other day, and I just told him to keep his head up regardless of what's happening, and just try to stay positive. Whatever happens either way, whether he's able to play or not play, just stay positive and use it for motivation if it's the latter."

Crowder on Cousins' style: 'Step up to the test or you get run over'

Crowder on Cousins' style: 'Step up to the test or you get run over'

BOSTON – There was a point in the fourth quarter when Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins was fouled trying to score which brought about an automatic, intense and angry scowl from the all-star center. 

He raised his hand as he were going to strike back at the potential assailant. 

And then he saw the man was Jae Crowder. 

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Cousins, who had a game-high 28 points, then went to the free throw line, incident-free. 

“I’m not one those other cats he be punking,” said Crowder with a grin.

That moment was one of many throughout Friday night’s game when Crowder made his presence felt when the game mattered most, and wasn’t afraid to mix it up with whoever stood between him and helping the Celtics win – even Cousins. 

But as Crowder explained following Boston’s 97-92 win, that moment was about two physical players who have developed an on-the-floor rapport that speaks to their intensity and desire to win at all costs. 

“He’s going to bring the game to you; his physicality,” said Crowder who had 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting. “He’s a very physical type of guy. If he senses you’re not physical at all, he’ll let you know. He’s a dog down there; he’s a bull. I love to go against a player like that. He’s going to give you his best shot each and every night. You either step up to the test or you get run over.” 

As soon as the two made eye contact, Crowder knew it was one of the many intimidation methods used by Cousins against opposing players. 

Crowder wasn’t having it. 

“That’s my guy; he’s my guy,” Crowder said of Cousins. “He plays a lot of tactics against a lot of other players. I’ve earned that respect with him. He knows I’m going to fight him just as hard as anybody else. We leave it on the court. He’s a good friend of mine. We’ve become friends, just playing ball, playing basketball the right way.”