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Ainge: Green's physical raises red flag

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Ainge: Green's physical raises red flag

WALTHAM Jeff Green remains unable to practice with the Boston Celtics after the C's "found something" in his physical.

Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, declined to say what the team discovered that warranted keeping him off the floor.

"We anticipate he'll be here soon in practice," Ainge said. "He's going through the tests again today and tomorrow, and he should be fine."

When asked whether it was an ankle or knee injury, Ainge responded, "I'm not going to tell you what it is."

He was later asked whether the injury would jeopardize the 1-year deal Green recently signed that's reportedly worth 9 million.

"No, no, no," Ainge said. "We're not even close to that. It's just precautionary. Practice just started today really, when we had our whole team here. It'll be resolved this week."
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Report: Thomas won't need hip surgery

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Report: Thomas won't need hip surgery

Danny Ainge told the Boston Globe Wednesday that Isaiah Thomas will not need surgery on his right hip after being hampered late in the postseason. 

Thomas originally suffered the injury March 15 against the Timberwolves and missed two games before reaggravating it in Game 6 of the second round against the Wizards. He played the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals but was shut down for the final three. 

“Isaiah is making good progress,” Ainge told the Globe. “He’s out on the court; he’s shooting. He’s full-speed ahead on the stationary bike and working in the swimming pool. He’s progressing nicely.”

The Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach wrote that the team waited for swelling to go down before determining whether surgery would be needed, and that “barring any further setbacks,” he will not. 

Thomas is coming off a career year in which he averaged 28.9 points a game. He is entering the final year of his contract.