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MP giving the Celtics enough defense to stay on the court

Posted by shawn cassidy on May 14, 2012 at 6:35 AM

I think I have written a few posts already on Pietrus, but here is some of Peter May's recent column on Peitrus.

Mickael Pietrus off, but helping out

To say Pietrus is struggling offensively is an understatement. He is 4-of-17 from the field in the playoffs after going 0-for-2 against the Sixers in the Celtics' 92-91 victory Saturday night in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal.

But Pietrus is on the floor, at times a lot, in spite of his shooting woes and a hamstring ailment that has him taped like a mummy during games. In the pivotal Game 3 of the Atlanta series, he played 25 minutes, including all of the fourth quarter and all of overtime. In Game 1 against the 76ers, he went 10 minutes, 33 seconds and was part of a group of reserves that coach Doc Rivers said changed the game despite him not making a shot, collecting a rebound or dishing out an assist.

"I thought the second unit saved the game for us," Rivers said. "They upped the energy. Keyon [Dooling] and Ryan [Hollins], MP [Pietrus], that group on the floor with Kevin [Garnett] and Ray [Allen] and Steamer [Greg Stiemsma] -- they just played so hard that it got us back in the game. Because we had to match their intensity. I told them at halftime, 'Listen, they can't be more athletic and play harder. That combination will never work for us.'"

MP is having a rough time right now with shooting the basketball. All of us know that, but MP has been a big time defender for the Celtics, and I will still say this until I'm blue in the face. Pietrus will win us a playoff game. Much like a certain tiny point guard did in 2010. MP is a streaky shooter, and I think his slump will end any game now. The law of physics or something. 


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