Friday, December 21, 2012
Green has bruised cheek, chipped teeth
By Chris Forsberg
CSNNE ScreenshotCeltics forward Jeff Green covers his face after being injured in overtime on Friday.
BOSTON -- Celtics forward Jeff Green sustained a bruised left cheek and chipped multiple teeth after absorbing a stray elbow from Milwaukee's Ersan Ilyasova in the final moments of overtime in the Bucks' 99-94 triumph on Friday night at TD Garden.
Green and Ilyasova were chasing a rebound after Monta Ellis missed the back end of two free throws in a one-point game with 18 seconds to go in the extra session. Ilyasova managed to tip the ball, but landed an elbow to the left side of Green's face as they pursued the ball. Ellis ended up with his own rebound and the Celtics were forced to foul to both prevent Milwaukee from running out the clock and to get Green off the floor.
Holding his face while lying on the baseline in front of the Celtics' bench, Green was tended to by team trainer Ed Lacerte and team physician Dr. Brian McKeon before walking off the floor while clutching a towel over his face.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he didn't have an update on Green following the game. Boston has three days off before playing in Brooklyn on Christmas Day. The Celtics were playing without Chris Wilcox (right thumb) and Leandro Barbosa (personal matter) and dressed only 10 players.
Green finished with 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting with three rebounds, four steals and two assists over 28:20 while keying Boston's bench effort.