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Celtics’ Jeff Green reflects on heart surgery that cost him a season, the doctor who saved his career

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The first question Jeff Green said he asked the doctor who would open his chest and repair his heart was if he’d be able to play his game again — driving to the basket, drawing contact, etc.

Dr. Lars Svensson told the Celtics forward yes, and that if he were stronger and more powerful, it was going to be easier to block out any fear.

“And I trusted him,” Green said recently.

Green worked hard to regain the muscle mass he lost while his body healed, downing protein shakes like water before his appetite finally returned, lifting weights, biking, running.

And he also set a goal to not only play his game, but to play his game in every game a season after playing none while he recovered.

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