- Chris Forsberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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BOSTON -- After scoring a team-high 14 points as part of an 87-79 triumph over the Phoenix Suns on the one-year anniversary of heart surgery, Celtics forward Jeff Green reflected on an emotional day.
“I don’t cry, but it was [emotional],” said Green, seemingly struggling to keep his composure. “A year ago I had heart surgery. I think about lying in bed, when I woke up from it to where I’m at now. It’s a big deal to me. I’m just glad to be here, glad to be alive, glad to be playing basketball.”
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“I can’t put it in words how I feel,” he added. “It’s a wonderful day. I had a good game. I’m just glad to be here, man. I reflected a lot about what I’ve been through, it’s a blessing to be here. I’m just happy.”
Green later reflected on the milestone moments during his journey to this point over the past 365 days.
“The first time I stood up from surgery, the first time I walked, it was painful, but it was me taking steps to getting better, the start of my progress to being back on the court. Those are memories that I’ll never forget. That first step, it was a wonderful journey for myself and an unbelievable process that I went through."
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