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Doc 'concerned' after Green misses practice again

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Doc 'concerned' after Green misses practice again

WALTHAM Paul Pierce (right heel) and Rajon Rondo (right ankle) were once again kept out of practice, and will likely be sidelined for the next couple of days.

But the biggest concern for the Boston Celtics right now is Jeff Green, whose status remains very much in the air.

The team is awaiting the results from a second round of tests after some irregular findings were discovered in his physical.

Because of those findings, Green has been unable to participate in full contact drills with the C's.

When asked about how concerned he is right now with Green's status, coach Doc Rivers replied, "It is a concern, a big concern. Whenever anything is red-flagged and they have to re-do stuff, you get concerned. We just have to wait and see."

Rivers hopes to have the results within the next 24 hours.

But even when they arrive, that doesn't necessarily mean Green, who signed a one-year deal worth 9 million with the Celtics, will immediately return to the practice floor.

"And then doctors (will review the results)," Rivers said. "That's usually what happens."

Green, who was unavailable for comment on Tuesday, said on Monday that he thought the results from his stress test were off because of fatigue.

"It was a late day Thursday, trying to get everything squared away," Green said. "And then coming here, I didn't sleep and flight got delayed four hours and then had to do the physical, the stress test. I think it was just fatigue."

Green added, "In my mind, it was fatigue because I didn't sleep at all, so it was kind of tough to judge."

What is easy to judge is the impact that this has had on Green, who came into this season looking to be a much-improved, more aggressive player than the one we saw last season after he was traded to Boston, from Oklahoma City.

In Oklahoma City, Green averaged 15.2 points in 49 games (all starts), playing 37 minutes a night. With the Celtics, he appeared in 26 games (two starts) and averaged a 9.8 points while playing 23.5 minutes per game.

"Coming in here in a tough situation last year," Green said. "I wasn't comfortable in my spot. It was tough to transition from coming from Oklahoma and doing what I was doing there, to coming here and trying to find my spot somewhere and score the ball. Now after having conversations with Doc and knowing my role a little bit more better, a lot more comfortable. I'm ready to get started."

So you can imagine with that mindset, the news that he remains unable to participate has not been well received by the 6-foot-8 forward.

"Not great" was how Rivers described Green handling the news that he couldn't practice with the team.

"One of the reasons he came in the day before . . . one thing he wanted to do was start early and not fall behind," said Rivers, who added that he thought the team would know the results of Green's latest tests within the next 24 hours. "He felt that really hurt him when he was traded. So obviously, you can imagine he's a little frustrated."

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Bruins put finishing touches on reeling Canadiens

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Bruins put finishing touches on reeling Canadiens

MONTREAL -- The Boston Bruins weren’t about to dance on any Montreal Canadiens’ graves after it was over and done with, but they effectively closed the door on any flickering playoff hopes for the Habs this week. It all ended with Saturday night’s 4-1 win over the Canadiens at the Bell Centre that finished off the sweep of all three meetings between the two arch-rivals over an eight day span, and with the reeling Montreal a stunning 13 points out of a playoff spot in the Atlantic Division.

It was a close game nearly all the way through in Montreal until David Pastrnak and Riley Nash scored in the final few minutes of the third period, but the Bruins outscored the Habs by an 11-5 margin while clearly establishing they were the better team in all three contests. It all makes sense given the opposite directions that the two hockey clubs are headed at this point in the season, and because of that the Bruins were playing it pretty cool after burying the Habs.

“It was kind of a crazy week because we were playing them three times, so we obviously wanted to play good hockey,” said Tuukka Rask, who won all three games vs. the Habs while improving his lifetime record vs. the Habs to 10-15-3 in the process. “[We wanted to] get as many points as possible, and won all of those games along with the one on Long Island. So it was a great week for us.”

Certainly it seemed like there was more genuine emotion from the Bruins in Claude Julien’s return to Boston midweek, and perhaps a little more adrenaline in last weekend’s first game at the Bell Centre where rookies like Jake DeBrusk, Charlie McAvoy and Danton Heinen were dipping their toes into the storied rivalry for the first time.

But on this Saturday night it was more about a complete dismantling of the Bleu, Blanc and Rouge even as the Bruins initially fell down by a goal after a bad McAvoy turnover. Instead it was Boston’s Perfection Line that went to work with an efficient, dominant performance as David Pastrnak scored the game’s first goal and insurance third goal in the third period. They also accounted for the game-winner when Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak hemmed Montreal’s fourth line in the defensive zone, and Torey Krug eventually stepped up and rifled one short side on Carey Price.

Marchand, Bergeron and Pastrnak combined for two goals, six assists and a plus-8 in the resounding victory over the Habs, and had a dominant 12 of Boston’s 31 shots on net when the final horn had sounded. They simply overwhelmed Montreal with their depth, the high end quality of their lineup and the fact that Boston was rested while the Habs had to play in Washington DC on Friday night in a three games in four days stretch.

All of that allowed the Bruins to drive the final nail into Montreal’s coffin when the game was over, and it furthermore allowed Boston to keep worrying about the teams they’re trying to catch (ahem . . . Tampa Bay Lightning) rather than Eastern Conference bottom-feeders like the Canadiens.

“We talked about doing the job against them and finding a ways to push teams down while gaining ground on the teams above us,” said Patrice Bergeron. “I thought it was a great effort again. We knew that they would be ready for us, but we also knew that they had played last night. So maybe if we had a good start we could jump on them. I thought we had a good game.”

Clearly there have been ebbs and flows to the Bruins/Habs rivalry over their long history together, and both Boston and Montreal have been in the catbird seat at different times even in the recent editions of their history. But right now Boston is beating the Canadiens badly at their own skill and speed game and dominating thing with pure hockey rather than bullying, and that’s got to sting for a Habs group that simply couldn’t compete with the Bruins in three different chances to do so this week. 

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