Found November 24, 2012 on Boston Sports Then & Now:
The Boston Celtics entered Thanksgiving with many things to be thankful for, especially forwards Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox. Both players are coming off heart surgery that ended their seasons prematurely last year. The Celtics lost two straight going into their game against the defending Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder at the TD Garden on Friday night. In those two losses, the Celtics defense struggled mightily against the Detroit Pistons and the San Antonio Spurs. These Celtics battled and came away with a 108-100 victory over the Thunder. Paul Pierce led the team with 27 points. Rajon Rondo (16 dimes) extended his double-digit assist streak to 36 games, which is just one shy of  matching John Stockton in second place for consecutive games with 10+ assists. Magic Johnson is the leader with 46 games. The bench outscored the Thunder’s reserves, 35-13. The Celtics’ backups were led by former Thunder forward Green with 17 points. Off the court, the Celtics players enjoyed the holiday as well as shopping on Black Friday.   HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2 everyone…I have so much to be thankful for i don’t even know where to start…#soblessed — Jeff Green (@unclejeffgreen) November 22, 2012 It was nearly a year ago when Green was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm. He underwent heart surgery and missed the 2011-’12 season. This year he has been the leader off the bench for the Celtics. When he plays with aggression on both ends of the court, he looks really effective. He is averaging 8.6 points per game through 13 games this year.     #BlackFriday from @paniniamerica …….. #GuessThoseShoeslockerz.com/s/263700585 — Jared Sullinger (@Jared_Sully0) November 23, 2012 Celtics forward Sullinger sent this picture of his Black Friday shopping item. He spent his time getting himself shoes so he can be able to get some lift on the court. Sullinger will need these shoes because he is undersized on the low post.   Great win for us, our fans once again was spectacular for sure our 6th player on the court!!! We played smart, highly skilled and physical!! — Leandro Barbosa (@TheBlur_Barbosa) November 24, 2012 Barbosa was excited about the win over the Thunder and he gives a shout out to the hometown crowd. The atmosphere made the game seem the Celtics were in the postseason. The Celtics will need to play with more consistency as they have struggled maintaining it in the opening month.
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