Pietrus closer to return after passing one concussion test

Pietrus closer to return after passing one concussion test
April 8, 2012, 10:22 pm
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BOSTON Mickael Pietrus showed up a few hours with no sunglasses, no sluggishness and a beaming, ear-to-ear grin.

He even took some time to bust a dance move or two with the Celtics' dance team.

In other words, he looked very much like the pre-concussion Mickael Pietrus that fans know and love.

Along with passing the eye-test that he's improving, the Celtics now have tangible evidence that his return might be soon.

C's coach Doc Rivers said that Pietrus has already passed one of baseline tests needed in order to resume playing.

"That's the first step," said Rivers, who added that he's not sure what affect the passing of the exam has on when Pietrus will return to the court.

"I feel good," Pietrus told CSNNE.com as he entered the Garden and went to watch the C's pre-game shoot-around.

When it was over, he did put up a couple of shots - two 3-pointers, actually.

And they both went in.

"I still got it," he said. "I still got it."

Rivers knows Pietrus is feeling better not only because of the test results, but also because of his behavior which is more in line now to how he was prior to the concussion suffered at Philadelphia on March 23.

"He feels good. He's talking, and talking loud again," Rivers said. "That's a good sign."