Celts Green has Successful Heart Surgery

Successful surgery for Celtics F Green

      WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) – Forward Jeff Green had successful surgery
Monday at the Cleveland Clinic to repair an aeortic aneurysm,
discovered by the Celtics medical staff during a routine entrance
physical in December.

      Coach Doc Rivers received the news following practice on Monday
from team president Danny Ainge.

      “Surgery went well,” Rivers said. “They're saying it went
great. Obviously, our thoughts, our prayers and every part of our
being is with Jeff right now.”

      Green was acquired in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder at
the trade deadline last season that sent center Kendrick Perkins to
the Thunder. Green figured to be a key player for the Celtics this
season, as the first man off the bench.

      Also Monday, new Celtics forward Mickael Pietrus guaranteed that
he'll make his Boston debut on Wednesday when the Celtics play host
the Dallas Mavericks. Pietrus missed the season's first two weeks
after rehabilitation of arthroscopic right knee surgery.

      “Today, I went through my first practice,” Pietrus said. “It
feels good to be a Celtic. I had fun.”
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