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No word on Green

Three others also sit out Garden scrimmage

By Frank Dell’Apa
Globe Staff / December 17, 2011
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Jeff Green did not attend the Celtics’ scrimmage last night and his status is expected to be clarified today.

Green’s medical test results have kept him out of action since training camp started. He has been at workouts and participated in informal shooting practices, but was absent for a session for the first time as the Celtics played a game of two 12-minute halves at the TD Garden.

“I will know for sure [today],’’ coach Doc Rivers said. “I keep saying that, but I will. Danny [Ainge] called and just said he’ll announce it. We’ll just leave it at that.’’

When Rivers was asked if he expected to be planning for the start of the season without Green, the coach replied: “I’ll let you guess.’’

Kevin Garnett (wrist), Paul Pierce (foot), and Sasha Pavlovic (wrist) were introduced before the scrimmage and sat on the bench, but did not play.

Garnett was injured in practice Thursday, with X-rays revealing only minor damage. He is expected to play when the Celtics visit Toronto for an exhibition game tomorrow. Pierce will not play and Pavlovic is questionable for Toronto, Rivers said.

Rajon Rondo (sprained ankle) was not expected to compete last night, but was in the starting lineup, combining effectively with E’Twaun Moore in the backcourt and handing out five assists in the opening 7:04.

Jermaine O’Neal absorbed a blow while missing a dunk in the final minutes of the scrimmage and was replaced by Michael Sweetney.

The Celtics have intensified their practice schedule because of the lack of time in training camp, but Rivers said the team will only have a film-watching session before traveling to Toronto today.

But the injuries and Green’s absence have disrupted the team’s preparation, Rivers said.

“These little injuries, these nagging injuries, in [normal] camp when a guy misses a day or two it’s not a big deal,’’ Rivers said. “Now, when a guy misses a day or two, it’s a huge deal.

“Especially if it’s one of your starters - because you can’t put anything in, you have to stop, until they come back because then they’re behind.

“You didn’t know that coming into camp, we didn’t think one or two days would be a big deal . . . If a starter misses, it sets your team back.’’

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

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