After a week of mostly optimistic reports regarding Mickael Pietrus’ concussion, Pietrus told Doc Rivers he is shooting for a return next week. But Rivers lowered the kaboom and applied a dose of realism to the situation, saying he doesn’t expect Pietrus to return before the playoffs. (Boston Herald)
“I can’t imagine it being any sooner,” the Celtics coach said before last night’s 100-79 win against Minnesota. “When I talked to him two days ago, he was talking about next week. But he has a concussion. That’s the way I looked at the conversation. But I don’t know. He may be right, but I doubt that. I would think with the severity of that injury, we would be very happy if he could return by the playoffs.”
As for an update, Rivers said, “He texted me today, so at least he can do that. I know that sounds crazy, but after a concussion, he couldn’t have done that four days ago, so that’s progress.”
The Celtics have survived just fine in Pietrus’ absence, combining the splendiferously solid play of Avery Bradley with contributions from Keyon Dooling and Sasha Pavlovic to make due without their top two shooting guards, Pietrus and Ray Allen. But Pietrus is the bench’s best shooter and also its most versatile defender, able to guard two and sometimes three positions. The longer he misses, the more the Celtics will miss him.