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Green dunks to celebrate heart surgery
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On January 10, 2013 @ 4:00 am In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
On Jan. 9, 2012, Jeff Green was lying on a surgical table.
On Jan. 9, 2013, Jeff Green was flying on a basketball court.
The Boston Celtics reserve scored a team-high 14 points Wednesday night in an 87-79 victory against the Phoenix Suns. The win was punctuated by an anniversary for Green, who had an aortic aneurysm repaired one year earlier.
“I can’t put it into words. I mean, it’s a wonderful day,” said Green, who missed all of last season with the heart condition. “I reflect a lot on what I’ve been through and it’s just a blessing and I’m glad I’m here.”
We are, too. Green put up poster-caliber dunks on consecutive plays in the first half. For the first, he dunked on former Celtic Jermaine O’Neal. For the second, he took a transition lob from Avery Bradley for an alley-oop.
These are the kinds of moments you can’t help but love.
Green has become a stable role player for the Celtics, averaging 9.6 points and 3.1 rebounds in 23.1 minutes a game. He missed all of last season to have the aneurysm fixed.
And those dunks? They aren’t even his best of the year. Remember when he posterized Al Jefferson?
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