BOSTON -- After a brief shootaround at TD Garden on Friday morning, Celtics coach Doc Rivers revealed that swingman Jeff Green had consulted new doctors about the mysterious ailment that has thus far prevented him from passing a physical and participating fully in training camp.
“[Celtics president of basketball operations] Danny [Ainge] and Jeff went to see another set of doctors,” Rivers said, “and we’ll find out [more about Green’s condition] hopefully by tonight.”
Asked whether the new doctors were local or from elsewhere, Rivers responded, “Elsewhere,” but would not elaborate further.
“They’re in an undisclosed location,” he said, joking. “In Mexico.”
The Celtics hope to have their $9 million man in time for the start of the regular season, but if not, Rivers admitted Green’s absence would complicate things.
“That would make things more difficult, there’s no doubt,” Rivers said. “But we have enough players. That’s why we have Sasha [Pavlovic] and Marquis [Daniels] in here, to play the three. What it would take away from us is going small. You gameplan all summer about the small lineup we’re gonna run with Kevin [Garnett] and Jeff, and then if he [can’t play], that’s gone. That’s a month of work you have to throw away.”
But, Rivers added, it’s just basketball. Some things, like health, are more important than the game.
“It’s life, you know,” Rivers said. “So let’s just hope he’s good.”
The Celtics will hold an intrasquad scrimmage, open to season ticket holders, later tonight. Rivers said he hopes to have more information then.
Tom Lakin is a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com.