Doc 'concerned' after Green misses practice again

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Doc 'concerned' after Green misses practice again

WALTHAM Paul Pierce (right heel) and Rajon Rondo (right ankle) were once again kept out of practice, and will likely be sidelined for the next couple of days.

But the biggest concern for the Boston Celtics right now is Jeff Green, whose status remains very much in the air.

The team is awaiting the results from a second round of tests after some irregular findings were discovered in his physical.

Because of those findings, Green has been unable to participate in full contact drills with the C's.

When asked about how concerned he is right now with Green's status, coach Doc Rivers replied, "It is a concern, a big concern. Whenever anything is red-flagged and they have to re-do stuff, you get concerned. We just have to wait and see."

Rivers hopes to have the results within the next 24 hours.

But even when they arrive, that doesn't necessarily mean Green, who signed a one-year deal worth 9 million with the Celtics, will immediately return to the practice floor.

"And then doctors (will review the results)," Rivers said. "That's usually what happens."

Green, who was unavailable for comment on Tuesday, said on Monday that he thought the results from his stress test were off because of fatigue.

"It was a late day Thursday, trying to get everything squared away," Green said. "And then coming here, I didn't sleep and flight got delayed four hours and then had to do the physical, the stress test. I think it was just fatigue."

Green added, "In my mind, it was fatigue because I didn't sleep at all, so it was kind of tough to judge."

What is easy to judge is the impact that this has had on Green, who came into this season looking to be a much-improved, more aggressive player than the one we saw last season after he was traded to Boston, from Oklahoma City.

In Oklahoma City, Green averaged 15.2 points in 49 games (all starts), playing 37 minutes a night. With the Celtics, he appeared in 26 games (two starts) and averaged a 9.8 points while playing 23.5 minutes per game.

"Coming in here in a tough situation last year," Green said. "I wasn't comfortable in my spot. It was tough to transition from coming from Oklahoma and doing what I was doing there, to coming here and trying to find my spot somewhere and score the ball. Now after having conversations with Doc and knowing my role a little bit more better, a lot more comfortable. I'm ready to get started."

So you can imagine with that mindset, the news that he remains unable to participate has not been well received by the 6-foot-8 forward.

"Not great" was how Rivers described Green handling the news that he couldn't practice with the team.

"One of the reasons he came in the day before . . . one thing he wanted to do was start early and not fall behind," said Rivers, who added that he thought the team would know the results of Green's latest tests within the next 24 hours. "He felt that really hurt him when he was traded. So obviously, you can imagine he's a little frustrated."

Andrew Benintendi leads Red Sox past Nationals in 8-1 win

Andrew Benintendi leads Red Sox past Nationals in 8-1 win

Andrew Benintendi excelled in his early-game action against Nationals starter Joe Ross in the Red Sox' 8-1 win. Benintendi finished the contest 2 of 2 with a triple and two RBIs. Dustin Pedroia helped Benintendi at the top of the lineup. Pedroia was 2 of 2 with a double and two RBIs.

Kyle Kendrick got the Red Sox pitching staff off to a strong start in his four-inning appearance. The 32-year-old righty had six strikeouts and allowed five hits with one earned run. Kendricks performance should ease some anxiety in Boston, as Drew Pomeranz headed to the disabled list.

Reliever Ben Taylor, 24, pitched the final two innings for the Sox, and had four strikouts with three hits allowed and no runs.

Chris Sale will pitch Friday for the Red Sox at 4:05 a.m against the Nationals.

Hernandez's fiancee: I learned to keep my mouth shut and not ask questions

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Hernandez's fiancee: I learned to keep my mouth shut and not ask questions

BOSTON -- Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's fiancee testified in his double-murder trial Thursday that she learned to keep her mouth shut and "not to ask any questions" in certain situations.

Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez testified against Hernandez under a grant of immunity from prosecutors. She and Hernandez have a 4-year-old daughter. She said she took Hernandez's last name in 2015.

Hernandez is accused of fatally shooting two men in Boston in July 2012 after an encounter at a Boston nightclub. He is also charged with witness intimidation in the shooting of Alexander Bradley, allegedly to silence him about the killings.

Jenkins-Hernandez repeatedly said she could not recall details about conversations with Hernandez after the 2012 killings and after Bradley's shooting in 2013.

She said she didn't ask Hernandez for details about Bradley's shooting, even though Hernandez and Bradley were close friends.

"[Bradley] was not my friend . . . Yes, it's a sad situation [but] why should I press about something like that?" she said.

Jenkins-Hernandez also said she did not recall getting a call from Hernandez at 2:37 a.m. on July 16, 2012, minutes after prosecutors say Hernandez shot Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado as they sat in a car at a stop light in Boston. Prosecutors said phone records show a 17-second call from Hernandez to her at that time.

Hernandez has denied shooting the men. His lawyer told the jury during opening statements that Bradley shot the men over a drug deal.

Bradley testified he saw Hernandez shoot the men. He also said Hernandez shot him in the face months later after he made a remark about the Boston shootings.

Hernandez is already serving a life sentence after being convicted in the 2013 killing of a man who was dating the sister of Jenkins-Hernandez.