Stevens: Stiff neck makes Green 'miserable'

Stevens: Stiff neck makes Green 'miserable'
March 27, 2014, 1:00 am
Share This Post

BOSTON — The final stat line for Jeff Green on Wednesday was six points on 3-for-9 shooting.

Not a great night, but not all that shocking, either.

This time, a neck injury was at least part of the reason for Green's struggles in Boston's 99-90 loss to Toronto.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens took Green out with 3:49 to play in the third quarter and did not bring him back in.

"He really looked uncomfortable out there," said Stevens who revealed Green's stiff neck injury after the loss. "Otherwise I would have gone back with him but it made us even smaller."

Chris Johnson received the lion's share of Green's minutes, finishing with 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field.

Stevens said Green could "hardly move" his neck on Tuesday.

"Today he didn't look much better," Stevens added. "Hopefully by the time we play again on Friday [against Toronto] he feels better."

At halftime, Stevens told himself that he would play Green some in the third quarter.

Still that time, much like his court time in the first half, was ineffective.

"But he was, he looked miserable to be honest," Stevens said. "If you have ever played with a neck that you can't turn one way it's not enjoyable."

If the injury prevents Green from playing on Friday, it would be the first game he would miss this season. The 6-9 forward is trying to play in all 82 regular season games for only the second time [2009-2010, Oklahoma City] in his career.