Celtics’ Green suffers ‘chipped teeth’ after elbow to face from Bucks’ Ilyasova
By Ben Golliver
A very scary scene at TD Garden on Friday night appears to have been resolved without major incident.
During overtime of Milwaukee’s 99-94 win over Boston, Celtics forward Jeff Green took an elbow to the head from Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova. The blow occurred as the two grappled for a rebound after a Monta Ellis missed free throw with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game. Ilyasova tapped the ball out of Green’s possession and then, as he tried to secure the ball, his right elbow swiped down hard across the left side of Green’s face.
Green fell immediately to the baseline and held his face until play stopped. Celtics medical personnel rushed to his attention, exercising extreme caution in moving him as they examined his face. Green, his face bloodied, eventually departed the game and did not return.
After the game, CSNNE.com reported that Green suffered a bruised left cheek and multiple chipped teeth but would be listed as day-to-day. The site further reported that Ilyasova apologized to Green for the unintentional blow.
Boston, now 14-13, will play next on Christmas against the Nets at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Green finished with 14 points, three rebounds, two assists, four steals and two blocks in 28 minutes for the Celtics on Friday. Forward Paul Pierce scored a team-high 35 points and registered a team-high 12 rebounds. The Bucks were led by 27 points from guard Monta Ellis. Center Larry Sanders added 17 points, 20 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 39 minutes.
Green, 26, is averaging 9.4 points and 3.0 rebounds off of coach Doc Rivers’ bench this season. He missed the entire 2011-12 season after undergoing heart surgery.