Celtics

Green's injury doesn't appear serious

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Green's injury doesn't appear serious

BOSTON Oh no, not again.

There was a sense of deja vu for the Boston Celtics in the fourth quarter after Jeff Green caught an elbow to the face that left him on the floor for more than just a moment.

It had the look - even down to the location of the incident - that was reminiscent to what happened to former Celtic Marquis Daniels during the 2010 playoffs against Orlando.

Daniels suffered a concussion, but fortunately Green's injury on Friday wasn't nearly as severe.

A team official said Green suffered a bruised left cheek along with a few chipped teeth.

As far as his availability for the C's Christmas Day game against Brooklyn, that remains unclear.

While Green has been inconsistent this season, his presence is valuable to the Celtics turning around a season that hasn't been what the C's were aiming for.

Boston comes into the Christmas Day game against the Nets with a 13-13 record.

If he is unable to play or is limited, that would put even more pressure on Paul Pierce to carry the load at the small forward position.

The only other small forward on the roster is rookie Kris Joseph who was recently called up from the D-League. Joseph told CSNNE.com prior to the Bucks loss that he was traveling with the team during their road trip that begins Christmas Day at Brooklyn.

"I don't know if I'll play, but I'll be there, ready to play if my number's called," Joseph said.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions on the Celtics getting their first win of the season and a comparison between Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving in the 4th quarter.

7:17 - Phil Perry joins BST to break down the tale of the tape between the Falcons and the Patriots as he breaks down the quarterbacks, offense, defense, coaching, and intangibles between the two teams.

11:57 - Our crew on BST discuss number 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and number 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum going up against each other and debate who seems like the better pick so far. 

16:35 - In this segment of Irrelevant Questions, Tom Curran interviews Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett as he asks him a bunch of random questions. 

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

HOUSTON -  Justin Verlander remained perfect with Houston, pitching seven shutout innings when the team needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as the Astros extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7 with a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.

Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine outings with the Astros. And with his new club facing elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, he delivered again.

After striking out 13 in a complete-game victory in Game 2, Verlander threw another gem. The right-hander scattered five hits and struck out eight to improve to 9-0 with 67 strikeouts since being traded from Detroit. George Springer helped him out of a jam in the seventh, leaping to make a catch at the center-field wall and rob Todd Frazier of extra bases with two on and Houston up 3-0.

Game 7 is Saturday night in Houston, with the winner advancing to the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

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