New Boston Celtics wing Mickael Pietrus won’t just play tomorrow against the Dallas Mavericks. He also looked healthy enough during practice that he will not have any minutes restriction. (ESPN)
Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he expects swingman Mickael Pietrus to be in the lineup on Wednesday after a “sensational” day of practice on Tuesday. “He looked great,” said Rivers. “Actually, he had a sensational day. He might have been one of our best players today, so that was good.” Rivers was confident enough in what he saw to suggest that there will not be a minute restriction on Pietrus in his debut.
I don’t know how fresh Pietrus is. His field goal percentage last season (39.2 percent) points out a person who no longer finishes easily in transition. He got run out of town in Phoenix, where director of basketball operations Lon Babby said of Pietrus’ time, “There’s an expression that, ‘All’s well that ends well.’ In this case, all’s well that ends.” He is coming off offseason knee surgery that caused him to fail a physical examination just last month, and he could only participate in practice during the last few days.
But I do know Pietrus can help with one of Boston’s biggest weaknesses: the Celtics’ primary backup wings, Avery Bradley and Marquis Daniels, have combined for one (ONE!!!) made 3-pointer during the team’s first eight games. The Celtics need a sub who can spot up on the perimeter and drill shots, and the Frenchman can do that.
P.S. – Daniels is likely out tomorrow with an illness. For better or worse, we should see a lot of Pietrus.