This depressing-but-expected news courtesy the Boston Herald.
There is still no word on when Mickael Pietrus will be able to take the tests that will determine when he can resume playing, but Doc Rivers doesn’t hold out much hope he’ll be on the court before the playoffs.
“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.”
That last, loaded line from Doc suggests it might actually be optimistic to expect Pietrus back by the start of the playoffs. Which means Avery Bradley — he of the recent strong play — should consider himself a key part of the rotation from now until the end of the season.