Pietrus cleared to return home

Pietrus cleared to return home
March 24, 2012, 4:19 pm
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PHILADELPHIA Mickael Pietrus, who suffered a head injury in the first half of the Boston Celtics' 99-86 loss at Philadelphia on Friday, has been given the green light to return home.

Pietrus underwent a CT Scan, MRI, and x-ray. He spent the night in the Philadelphia area.

Team officials say the 6-foot-6 guardforward will re-examined upon his return.

With the C's up by one point, Pietrus drove into the lane and was fouled by Philadelphia's Lou Williams.

The contact resulted in an awkward landing by Pietrus, with replays showing him hitting the base of his neck first.

"It looked awful. I saw it immediately. I didn't think he hit his head; I wasn't sure. I just saw his neck snap," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "You knew, that was bad. And he's throwing up from the floor so that's not very good, either."

The C's host the Washington Wizards on Sunday evening, but it is unclear if Pietrus will play.

He becomes just the latest casualty to go down with an injury this season for Boston.

In fact, Pietrus got the starting nod on Friday in place of Ray Allen who was out with a left ankle injury.

Like Pietrus, it is yet to be determined if Allen will play against the Wizards.

UPDATE: All tests were negative on Pietrus. There is still no timetable for his return.