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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Practice: Green full-go after shoulder sprain

By Chris Forsberg

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green said after Monday's loss to the Houston Rockets, a game in which he didn't play over the final 14 minutes, that a shoulder sprain nagged at him and likely contributed to him not getting back on the floor.

Jared Wickerham/Getty ImagesJeff Green sat out the final 14 minutes in Monday's loss.
If he was ailing, Celtics coach Brad Stevens didn't seem overly concerned. Asked about any lingering effects after Tuesday's workout, Stevens replied, "He practiced full-go, so if there is something, he’s probably going to get treatment, but it’s not going to keep him from playing."

Green finished with just four points on 2-of-10 shooting with six rebounds and four turnovers over 27:43 during Monday's 104-92 loss to the Rockets, Boston's ninth consecutive defeat. Asked about sitting out the entire fourth quarter as Boston attempted to rally, Green said, "It wasn’t because I was playing bad, it was because I sprained my shoulder at the end of the first [quarter], then it just kept nagging me throughout the game. Maybe that’s the reason, I don’t know."

In eight games this month, Green is averaging 15.3 points but shooting just 41.5 percent from the field (including 31.1 percent beyond the 3-point arc). His rebounding is up (6 rebounds per game), but his assists are down and turnovers are up and he's minus-75 in plus/minus for the month. What's more, Boston's offensive rating is 7.2 points better when Green is off the floor during this eight-game span.

Asked about Green's lackluster outing after Monday's game, Stevens said, "I don’t want to make excuses for him, and at the same time I don’t want to assume anything, but he just didn’t have it. And that’s OK. That’s why other guys are on the team -- to step up and to fill that void when that happens. I thought some other guys did a good job, but clearly he wants to play better than that."

A few more notes from Boston's afternoon session at the team's training facility: