BOSTON -- Mickael Pietrus flashed a smile and broke out into song as the media approached his locker on Wednesday night following the Boston Celtics 23-point win over the Toronto Raptors.
Im sexy and I know it, he sang, dancing in his seat to the tune of the LMFAO hit.
Pietrus had plenty to be happy about. After missing the start of the season rehabbing a knee injury, he experienced his first victory as a Celtic. His 12-point performance, including four-for-seven shooting from three-point range, contributed to the final 96-73 result.
Without being asked a single question, Pietrus made his opening remarks.
First win as a Celtic, it feels good, he said. I think we moved the ball extremely well. We were able to get open and make some shots. We started much feeling about ourselves starting the games, so Im confident and always stay positive. We still have to work on a couple things to get us better, but if I think that if we fight like that every night, good things are going to happen.
It has only been one week since Pietrus made his Celtics debut. He has made at least one trey in each of his five games, including seven in his last two contests. His instant energy has given the Celtics bench a boost. The swingman is averaging 8.2 points and shooting 40.7 percent from three-point range this season.
Pietrus has already done far more than I thought he would do this quickly, said Doc Rivers. His energy is just infectious and defensively hes unbelievable. I remember not liking him when he was with the Magic when he came on the floor because of his defensive toughness, and youve kind of forgotten about it. Hes reminding you why you didnt like him. Hes terrific.
Pietrus remembers the receptions he received as the opponent. After playing for the Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic, and Phoenix Suns, he has a better feeling being on the home team inside the TD Garden.
At the Garden, Im just trying to be the fan favorite right now, he said with a laugh. Im not going to lie to you because I was on the opposing team and they hated me. So now theyve got to love me now. Im just trying to enjoy my time with them. All it takes is a smile on a kids face, thats all I need. Thats what I live for. I live with high energy for those people so I ve got to give my best shot.