Good news for the Celtics.
Mickael Pietrus is on track to debut Wednesday night against Delonte West and the Dallas Mavericks. In additional good news, Pietrus seems entirely comfortable referring to himself in the third person.
Chris Forsberg has the scoop:
“There’s something you have to know about Mickael Pietrus, I always have a smile on my face,” he said with his French accent tumbling out of the familiar grin. And, if it’s possible, that smile was just a little wider Monday as the new Celtics swingman deemed himself on pace to make his 2011-12 season debut Wednesday night against the Dallas Mavericks.
“I haven’t played in eight months, so I’m not going to be Mickael Pietrus from the first day, but you can always help your team,” he said.
With Marquis Daniels (5.63 PER) and Sasha Pavlovic (5.95) both off to terrible starts, any contribution Pietrus can give the Celtics is welcome. The long layoff should ensure his conditioning and offense will be works in progress, but he will, at minimum, give Doc Rivers another hedge against Paul Pierce playing extended minutes early in the season. Look for him to be stationed as the weakside three-point shooter in half court sets and a game wing defender from the outset.