Mickael Pietrus will return to the Celtics tonight after a two-week absence due to a concussion. He won’t play that many minutes, perhaps five to 10, according to Doc Rivers, but the fact that he’s back demonstrates significant improvement from when he suffered the injury.
Rivers said he thought there was a chance that Pietrus would be out for the rest of the season.
“He’s been cleared,” Rivers said. “He worked out yesterday. This is good for him to ease him in instead of just throwing him in. So that’s how we’re going to do it. The sooner we can get him on the floor, the better. All the doctors have cleared him. Once I hear that, he’s ready to play.”
Pietrus was grateful when talking to reporters.
“I’m very happy to get a chance to play,” he said. “I’m very blessed to play from where I came from. It wasn’t easy for me. It’s been a very tough two weeks, but hopefully I’ll be able to help my team again.”
Pietrus said he always stayed positive and tried to take the time necessary to get back. Knowing that the playoffs are coming soon, he said he wanted to get into a rhythm before they started. He has gotten a chance to go one-on-one, but won’t play a full five-on-five until he gets into tonight’s game,
Ray Allen is out tonight with an ankle injury. Avery Bradley will get the start against the Hawks.