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Sun, 03/25/2012 - 4:41pm  

Pietrus not cleared for concussion tests

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said before Sunday's game with the Wizards that Mickael Pietrus was back in Boston but has not been cleared to undergo tests to determine the severity of the concussion he sustained Friday night in Philadelphia. Those baseline tests are standard to determine where Pietrus is in his recovery and to give an approximate recovery time. Pietrus will not play Sunday against the Wizards and is expected to be out indefinitely while doctors determine the severity of the injury.

"The good news is I know he did an MRI [Saturday] and no one told me anything, that’s good news," said Rivers. "The fact that he had to do one is always a concern, but he was fine."

Pietrus, who speaks with a heavy French accent, is known for his sharp wit and genuine sense of humor in the Celtics locker room and on the court. 

"He sounds great, sounds like Mickael," Rivers quipped before Sunday's game. "I don’t understand what he’s saying."

Pietrus was injured when he drove to the basket midway through the second quarter. He slipped in the middle of the lane and was fouled by Philadelphia's Lou Williams. His upper body twisted and he landed on the small of his back. He did not hit his head on the floor but suffered whiplash, with his head snapping at the base of his neck. He underwent an initial exam in Philadelphia and stayed overnight on Friday before heading back to Boston. 

Pietrus has been Boston's most productive and dependable weapon off the bench this season, averaging 6.8 points and nearly three rebounds in 37 games. 

For more, visit the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics and the Green Street blog. 




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