Green struggles, gets benched for 4th quarter

Green struggles, gets benched for 4th quarter
January 14, 2014, 12:30 am
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BOSTON — As Jeff Green sat on the Boston Celtics bench the entire fourth quarter, the reason seemed pretty clear: he wasn't playing particularly well so Brad Stevens went in another direction.

However, Green believes his health, maybe more than his struggles, was at the root of him benched for the final period of Boston's 104-92 loss.

"I sprained my shoulder towards the end of the first (quarter)," said Green who finished with just four points on 2-for-10 shooting. "It kept nagging me throughout the game. Maybe that's the reason, I don't know."

Head coach Brad Stevens was asked about Green's play following the game, and made no mention of him dealing with a shoulder injury.

"I thought he was excellent offensively the last two games," Stevens said. "I don't want to make excuses for him and at the same time I don't want to assume anything but he just didn't have it. And that's okay. That's why other guys are on the team; to step up and fill that void when that happens. I thought some other guys did a good job, but clearly he wants to play better than that. But at the same time, he kept us in the last two in a lot of ways."

As for Green's shoulder, he said that it was okay and later quipped, "it's still attached."

When asked about whether he would play on Wednesday against Toronto, Green said "that's the plan."