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Green's a beat behind

Celtics forward vows heartier effort after a lackluster season debut

Updated: November 1, 2012, 10:10 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

Jeff Green likely didn't even see the irony in his answer. After a lackluster outing as part of the Boston Celtics' opening-night loss to the Miami Heat on Tuesday, Green was asked how he could be more assertive on the floor.

"Play with more heart, plain and simple," he said.

Tuesday's game should have been a celebration for Green, who sat out all of last season while undergoing surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm. After a stellar preseason in which he showed renewed vigor and potential, ...

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