Green makes surprise appearance at Celtics game


Green makes surprise appearance at Celtics game

BOSTON Following the Boston Celtics' 115-111 overtime win against New York, there were plenty of smiles throughout the Boston Celtics locker room.

For Avery Bradley and a number of his teammates, the victory was even sweeter being able to share it with Jeff Green.

Yes, that Jeff Green whose one-year, 9 million contract with the Celtics was voided in December after he failed a routine physical that showed an irregularity with his heart.

Further tests revealed an aortic aneurysm that required surgery that was performed in Cleveland on Jan. 9.

Although Green is an unrestricted free agent, it's clear that both he and the Celtics still view him as a member of the Green Team.

"It's always good to see him," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said prior to Sunday's win. "He's doing great, looks great."

Green spent the entire game on the C's bench, rising to his feet during time-outs, shaking hands and high-fiving guys whenever the chance presented itself.

Rivers said Green has been in town for a couple of weeks, which caught Bradley by surprise.

"I hadn't seen him in a while," Bradley told "I was like, 'where you been?' He was like, 'I been here.' It was nice seeing Jeff, healthy, getting better and getting back to playing basketball soon."

With Green being an unrestricted free agent, he will be able to sign with any team he wants to this summer.

But to see how tight the bond is with his Celtics teammates, and the fact that he's in town working out - he can ride a stationary bike now - speaks volumes about the impact that his short time in Boston has had on his view of the C's.

"It shows our relationship with him," Bradley said. "Not only that, just him coming back and supporting us, that means a lot."

Celtics veteran Keyon Dooling is in his first season with the Celtics, but he's been around the franchise long enough to understand how quickly bonds can form with this current group of Celtics players and coaches.

Dooling, who also doubles as a vice president of the NBA Player's Association, has had conversations and exchanged text messages with Green since his surgery.

"The guys in this locker room, the coaching staff, they really create a family environment," Dooling told "We've got some true, genuine people in this locker room. It just makes it like a sanctuary; like a basketball sanctuary where you can be free, who you are it makes coming in to work everyday, easy."

Brandon Pirri scores twice, Rangers rally to beat Bruins 5-2


Brandon Pirri scores twice, Rangers rally to beat Bruins 5-2

NEW YORK - Brandon Pirri scored twice to help the New York Rangers beat the Boston Bruins 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Rick Nash, Kevin Hayes and Jimmy Vesey also scored for New York, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots. The Rangers won their third straight game, overcoming a 2-0 deficit to improve to 5-2-0.

David Pastrnak and Austin Czarina scored for Boston. The Bruins have lost three straight to drop to 3-4-0.

Zane McIntyre made 26 saves in his first NHL start. He was called up prior to Boston's 5-0 home loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night to back up Malcolm Subban due to injuries to Tuukka Risk and Anton Khudobin.

Down 2-0 after the first, the Rangers scored three times in the final 10:44 of the second.

Nash began the comeback with a power-play goal at 9:16. He curled to the net before corralling a rebound of Derek Stepan's point shot and flipping it over goalie Zane McIntyre for his third of the season.

Hayes tied it with 3:25 left in the second, banking a shot from behind the net off of McIntyre's pants.

Pirri's power-play goal with 36 seconds left made it 3-2. The free-agent signee ripped a shot from the right circle that was in the net before McIntrye could get his glove up. New York finished the game 2 for 6 on the man advantage, while the Bruins were 0 for 1.

It was not all positive for the Rangers in the second, with Dan Girardi missing two shifts following a hit from Pastrnak, who was assessed a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head. Girardi leaped in the air to play a loose puck in the neutral zone and, as he came down, Pastrnak drove his shoulder into the upper body of the New York defenseman.

Pirri made it 4-2 2:23 into the third with his fourth of the season. Vesey scored on a tap-in 43 seconds late.

The Bruins opened the scoring Pastrnak's fifth of the season 10 seconds into the game. The lead grew to 2-0 14:34 later when Czarnik scored his first goal in the NHL. Czarnik fired a shot from inside the blue line that New York defenseman Brady Skjei blocked, but Henrik Lundqvist appeared to lose track of the puck and it bounced across the goal line.

Lundqvist had 27 saves.

Roethlisberger to Brady: I've never done this before but...can I have your jersey?

Roethlisberger to Brady: I've never done this before but...can I have your jersey?

Tom Brady has fans everywhere, apparently. Even in Pittsburgh. Even on the Steelers roster. 

Showtime's Inside the NFL caught video of Brady meeting with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger before Sunday's game between New England and Pittsburgh. 

The pair hugged near the 50-yard line at Heinz Field. Brady called Roethlisberger "big guy." Roethlisberger, who was out with a knee injury, told Brady he wanted to play "so bad."


Then Roethlisberger became a fan. And like many of them, he had a request. 

"Um, hey, listen," he said. "I've never done this before, but I would love to get a jersey at some point. It'd mean...There's not many I want to put in my office. You're the best, dude."

Brady was happy to oblige. Just not right at that moment. 

"Sure, I'd love to," Brady said. "I'll get you after the game."