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Green still up in air

Team awaiting medical report

The Celtics said they will receive test results on Jeff Green’s physical today. The Celtics said they will receive test results on Jeff Green’s physical today. (file/Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
By Frank Dell’Apa
Globe Staff / December 16, 2011
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Jeff Green remained unavailable for practice yesterday while awaiting medical test results. Green, Paul Pierce (foot), and Rajon Rondo (ankle) will miss tonight’s intrasquad scrimmage, but Rondo could return for Sunday’s exhibition opener in Toronto, according to coach Doc Rivers.

“I’ve been around long enough to know if you haven’t passed your physical yet, there’s something going on,’’ Rivers said of Green.

Team president Danny Ainge said no determination will be made on Green’s status until today.

“All the tests and results, we should know everything by [this] afternoon,’’ Ainge said. “We’ll wait until then.’’

Trainer Ed Lacerte said Pierce “could possibly play, but why take the chance going from no practice to playing in an exhibition game?’’ according to Rivers.

“So, we’ll probably leave him back. Rondo will go through stuff, but I’m not going to let him do anything live. He may play Sunday, but Paul won’t,’’ Rivers added.

Comfort of home

The Celtics practiced at TD Garden yesterday and will again tonight and tomorrow.

“We have a lot of new guys who haven’t been here on our side of things,’’ Rivers said. “So I thought it was a way of getting three days in a row in this building. Then we’ll have the exhibition game, so when we open we won’t be in an away game.

“Last year, the goal was to practice here and we may have done it once. So this is nice to be able to do this.’’

Easing into it

The resolution of the Chris Paul saga - traded from the Hornets to the Clippers - should quiet rumors of the possible departure of Rondo. “Maybe so,’’ Ainge said. “The questions have been sort of done with us for a while, before we started camp. Maybe it helps ease [Rondo’s] mind a bit, I’m not sure. But I think his mind has been at ease since he’s been in camp.’’ . . . Second-year guard Avery Bradley is being counted on for defense, according to Ainge. “Avery is our best athletic perimeter defender,’’ Ainge said. “He’s young, without experience, and so he has to learn to use that athleticism. He’s also a very intense kid, a little bit like Delonte [West]. He’s athletic, strong, and intense and he has a ton of energy. So, once he learns to bridle that energy, he could be one of the best defenders in the league. He’ll make mistakes, but he’ll bring something to the table that we don’t have, as well.’’ . . . Ainge on the hurried start to the season: “It’s been chaos, not just for us but for every team in the league - some worse than us, some not quite as bad depending on how your roster is coming out. But everybody knew that, it’s the same for each team, and you’ve just got to make the best of it.’’

Frank Dell’Apa can be reached at f_dellapa@globe.com.

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