Celtics' Jeff Green to miss season with serious heart condition

Heart condition sidelines Green

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Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green will have surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm and will miss the entire season, the team announced on Saturday as it traveled to Toronto for its exhibition opener against the Raptors.

Green is scheduled for an operation on Monday at the Cleveland Clinic. Doctors have told him the operation “should completely repair Green’s condition and that he can expect to resume his NBA career next season,” the Celtics said in a news release.

Green, 25, averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds last season after joining the Celtics in a trade that sent Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

An aortic aneurysm, which is more common in older people, is a ballooning of the wall of the aorta, the major artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. A person might show no symptoms from the aneurysm; but if it ruptures, it is likely to be fatal if not repaired immediately.

The team’s statement said Green’s aneurysm was detected during his physical after he reported for a training camp on Dec. 9.

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KNICKS 92, NETS 83

In Newark, N.J., Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points in three quarters, rookie Iman Shumpert added 16, and New York beat New Jersey in the preseason opener for both teams.

Former South Carolina standout Renaldo Balkman had 20 points for the Knicks, who got only 10 points on 3 of 11 shooting from Amare Stoudemire. But they got a strong effort from their reserves, with Shumpert, the first-round pick from Georgia Tech, outplaying starting guards Toney Douglas and Landry Fields.

TIMBERWOLVES 117, BUCKS 96

In Minneapolis, Ricky Rubio wowed an eager crowd with some slick passing in his NBA debut and Kevin Love had 21 points and 15 rebounds to lead Minnesota to a win over Milwaukee in its preseason opener.

Rubio had six points, seven assists and six rebounds in 23 minutes.

ROCKETS 101, SPURS 87

In Houston, Luis Scola scored 20 points, Terrence Williams had 14 and Houston beat short-handed San Antonio

Jordan Hill had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Rockets.

Manu Ginobili and DeJuan Blair scored 16 points apiece for the Spurs. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker sat out for San Antonio.


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