Mickael Pietrus took and passed the NBA’s baseline concussion tests this week, clearing the path for the small forward to return at some point in the near future — maybe two weeks from now.
Moments earlier, though, Pietrus spoke briefly to ESPNBoston.com about his recovery from a head injury suffered against the Sixers on March 23. In his first public comments since his hard fall in Philadelphia sent him to the hospital with a concussion, Pietrus said he was “feeling good, much better.”
Asked when he thought he’d be able to return, he answered, “Oh, I don’t know. A couple of weeks, maybe? I’m hoping so.”
“I’m doing everything they ask me to,” he said. “I’m taking all the tests.”
What kind of tests? Did he mean the neurological testing used to measure improvement following a concussion?
“Yes, those,” he said. “I’m improving every time.”
Is it weird that I’m at the point where I want Pietrus to return, but I’m legitimately concerned about Sasha Pavlovic losing playing time and the impact that might have on Boston’s bench?
Yeah, I thought so too.