WALTHAM -- Three of the Celtics' top six rotation players missed yet another practice due to health concerns, as Jeff Green is still awaiting the results of a medical reexamination, Rajon Rondo missed most of a third straight day with a sprained ankle and Pierce's aggravated heel kept him out for the second time in three days.
Perhaps the biggest concern is the continued absence of Green, who is still waiting to be cleared after his initial physical raised a red flag. The C's forward shot baskets before and after Tuesday's Media Day session, saying he thought it was "just fatigue" and didn't expect any major holdup to finalizing his one-year, $9 million deal.
"It is a concern," said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. "It's a big concern. Whenever anything is red flagged or they've got to redo stuff, you get concerned, but we just have to wait and see."
Rivers said the team may find out the results as soon as Wednesday night or Thursday. "The one thing he wanted to be able to do was to start early and not fall behind, because he felt that really hurt him when he was traded," added Rivers. "Obviously, you can imagine he's a little frustrated."
Pierce practiced on Tuesday following the team's media availability but reaggravated the heel. Rondo attended practice but couldn't participate in any running activity. Celtics trainer Ed Lacerte told Rivers both are expected to miss "a couple days" more.
"All this hurts," said Rivers. "I'm assuming this is going on everywhere. Not having two of your starters really hurts -- more than the Jeff thing -- because now the bench can't actually get together, because two of the bench players are starting now. ... It affects everybody."
On the bright side, Rivers praised the early contributions from Kevin Garnett and Jermaine O'Neal in Wednesday's practice. "That's been great for us," he said.
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