Green's injury doesn't appear serious

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Green's injury doesn't appear serious

BOSTON Oh no, not again.

There was a sense of deja vu for the Boston Celtics in the fourth quarter after Jeff Green caught an elbow to the face that left him on the floor for more than just a moment.

It had the look - even down to the location of the incident - that was reminiscent to what happened to former Celtic Marquis Daniels during the 2010 playoffs against Orlando.

Daniels suffered a concussion, but fortunately Green's injury on Friday wasn't nearly as severe.

A team official said Green suffered a bruised left cheek along with a few chipped teeth.

As far as his availability for the C's Christmas Day game against Brooklyn, that remains unclear.

While Green has been inconsistent this season, his presence is valuable to the Celtics turning around a season that hasn't been what the C's were aiming for.

Boston comes into the Christmas Day game against the Nets with a 13-13 record.

If he is unable to play or is limited, that would put even more pressure on Paul Pierce to carry the load at the small forward position.

The only other small forward on the roster is rookie Kris Joseph who was recently called up from the D-League. Joseph told CSNNE.com prior to the Bucks loss that he was traveling with the team during their road trip that begins Christmas Day at Brooklyn.

"I don't know if I'll play, but I'll be there, ready to play if my number's called," Joseph said.

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