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Garnett: 'Jeff's our brother, we want him around'

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Garnett: 'Jeff's our brother, we want him around'

BOSTON Jeff Green will not be sprinting up and down the court for the Boston Celtics this season. Alley-oops from Rajon Rondo?

Not happening.

An aortic aneurysm will keep the power forward out for the entire 2011-2012 season, which also means the 9 million contract Green signed with the Celtics has been voided.

In Doc Rivers' eyes, none of that makes him any less of a teammate.

That was quite obvious on Thursday as Green took a few jumpers at the end of the Celtics practice, which apparently wasn't the first time he has been around the team since it was determined that he would not play this season.

"He's part of the team," said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. "Jeff's hopefully going to get a (championship) ring. He'll be there, just like everyone else."

Green is scheduled to undergo surgery on Jan. 9 -- a month to the day from when the Celtics and the medical staff from New England Baptist Hospital determined there was an irregularity in his physical.

After consulting with additional doctors, their original findings were confirmed.

Green, who declined to speak with the media on Thursday, has a kindred spirit of sorts in teammate Marquis Daniels.

Like Green, Daniels knows all too well what it's like to suffer a season-ending injury.

Daniels spoke with CSNNE.com recently about what's necessary for a player to handle such a difficult situation.

"As long as everybody's around, keeping his spirits up, he'll be fine," Daniels told CSNNE.com.

It appears Green understands this, evident by him essentially doing the same off-the-court things he would be doing this time of year if he were with the Celtics.

"Jeff's our brother, we want him around," said Kevin Garnett. "What he's about to go through, none of us have been through. What he's about to go through is definitely life-changing. And we want him around. We don't know what the future holds for any of this, but it's good to have him around."

Patriots-Dolphins injury report: Cutler out for Dolphins

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Patriots-Dolphins injury report: Cutler out for Dolphins

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Dolphins game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

OUT
C David Andrews (illness)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)

DOUBTFUL
TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring)

QUESTIONABLE
WR Danny Amendola (knee)
DT Malcom Brown (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)

OFF INJURY LIST
QB Tom Brady (Achilles)
TE Rob Gronkowski (illness)

MIAMI DOLPHINS

OUT
G Jermon Bushrod (foot)
DE William Hayes (back)
QB Jay Cutler (concussion)

QUESTIONABLE
T Laremy Tunsill (illness)
LB Stephone Anthony (quadriceps)
S Maurice Smith (illness)

OFF INJURY LIST
RB Senorise Perry (knee)
S Michael Thomas (knee)
DT Ndamukong Suh (not injury related)

Pastrnak's third-period goal gives Bruins their fourth straight victory, 4-3 over Pens

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Pastrnak's third-period goal gives Bruins their fourth straight victory, 4-3 over Pens

BOSTON – The Bruins always hope to give their fans something good in their annual matinee on the day after Thanksgiving, and that was the case Friday.

They got off on the right foot with a great first period, then finished with an electric breakaway from David Pastrnak in the third period, and posted an entertaining, solid 4-3 win over the back-to-back Stanley Cup champ Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden.

Pastrnak’s 11th goal of the season was the game-winner. The Penguins had battled back from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits and tied the score, then Pastrnak was freed up by a brilliant neutral-zone pass from Riley Nash. He sped in all alone and flipped the puck over Matt Murray’s glove hand at 5:06 of the third.

David Krejci and Sean Kuraly had opened things up with goals in the first period, as the B's outshot the Penguins by a 14-4 margin. But Sidney Crosby and the Pens answered back in the second with three goals of their own, including a controversial game-tying score from Sid the Kid after Boston had moved ahead 3-1 on a goal from Charlestown native Matt Grzelcyk.

The Crosby goal came after it appeared the refs had called play dead with a whistle as the puck sat on Anton Khudobin’s waist in the crease. It also appeared to have been goalie interference, as Crosby’s stick had made contact with Khudobin while the puck was in mid-air. But on replay the officials overturned the call of no-goal on the ice, and the score was tied 3-3 after two.

That set things up for Pastrnak, who snapped a five-game goal-scoring stretch, and handed the red-hot Bruins their season-high fourth win in a row.