Boston Celtics forward Mickael Pietrus apparently dodged a bullet Friday night, as the “Boston Herald” and “ESPN.com” as he is back in Boston, after diagnostic tests showed that the Boston big man showed no abnormalities as a result of a terrifying collision in the second quarter of a 99-86 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Celtics were leading the contest when with 5:08 remaining in the first half, Pietrus collided with Sixers guard Lou Williams, fell to the floor and hit his head on the hardwood so hard that it bounced off the floor. Pietrus left the court via stretcher, as applause for the fallen warrior cascaded from the Philadelphia crowd.
Preliminary results from an X-Ray and CT-Scan performed Friday, revealed no damage to the veteran player’s brain; results from an MRI exam are still not available. After spending the night ion Philadelphia as the rest of his squad returned to Boston at the conclusion of the loss on Friday, Pietrus was given medical clearance to travel on Saturday; there is no timetable as of yet when Pietrus will be able to return to action.
The Celtics went into the contest against the Sixers with laser-like focus to win the game and take over first place in the Atlantic Division; but there ambitions to win the game took a backseat to their concern once Pietrus was injured. Celtics All-Star forward Paul Pierce told reporters after the game “It’s always tough when you see your fellow brother, NBA player; regardless of who it is. When you catch somebody laying there on the ground and not moving and you get carried off the floor on a stretcher, it’s tough. Those are things that can be career-ending type of things. We just hope he’s able to make a speedy recovery.”
Boston now trails the Sixers by a game and a half in the Atlantic Division and will return to action on Sunday as they host the Washington Wizards.