|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.
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.