Pietrus to play, Daniels doubtful vs. Mavericks

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Pietrus to play, Daniels doubtful vs. Mavericks

WALTHAM The Boston Celtics' roster continues its yo-yo like ways, with one addition to the lineup for Wednesday night's game against Dallas, filling the void of another player who is not expected to play.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers expects Marquis Daniels, who has missed the last couple practices with flu-like symptoms, to not play against the Mavericks.

Taking a good chunk of his minutes will likely be Mickael Pietrus, who is expected to see his first action of the season with Boston after spending the past couple of weeks strengthening his right knee.

"It feels good," Pietrus told reporters this week.

And while he may be new to the team, Pietrus seems to understand just how unique the C's are compared to most NBA franchises.

"Look around," he said. "It's 17 banners. I'm in a great spot."

And with each opportunity to see him on the floor, Rivers is even more impressed with his athleticism and overall ability to play.

Rivers said the second unit guys did a good job in Tuesday's practice, Pietrus among them.

"He had a sensational day," Rivers said of Pietrus. "He might have been one of our best players. So that was good."

Regardless of whether Daniels is healthy enough to play, Rivers said he was going to play Pietrus as soon as he got the go-ahead from the C's medical staff.

The 6-foot-6 wingman, who signed with the C's after being waived by Phoenix last month, has been rehabilitating a right knee injury that nixed an earlier trade between Phoenix and Toronto.

"If he (Pietrus) can play, he'll play," Rivers said.

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Yabusele expects to be on Celtics summer league roster

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Yabusele expects to be on Celtics summer league roster

ROXBURY, Mass. – The Boston Celtics shocked many on draft night last week when they selected French forward Guerschon Yabusele with the 16th overall pick.

Well here’s another unexpected twist involving Yabusele: He said he plans to be on the Celtics’ summer league team which begins play next week in Salt Lake City.

“My agent is working in France to do something for me, to be able to play in summer league,” Yabusele said.

Like most NBA rookies, Yabusele is eager to get on the floor and get his first taste of NBA basketball this summer.

“That’s a dream come true,” Yabusele said. “When I was young thinking about the NBA all the time. I knew it would happen at some point.”

But the 20-year-old forward isn’t focused on testing the NBA waters and returning to overseas play soon.

“Not just stay three years or four, but stay all my life in the NBA,” he said.

Yabusele made the announcement following the Boston Celtics’ rookies (minus Ante Zizic) all participating in a basketball clinic at the Madison Park Community Center as the Boston Celtics celebrated their 50th Renovation project since 2008.

The news isn’t quite as optimistic for fellow international Celtic Ante Zizic who is not likely to have his contract situation overseas worked out in enough time to join Boston for summer league play in Salt Lake City and afterwards in Las Vegas.

Still, Yabusele getting a shot to play now is huge both for his own personal growth and that of the Celtics to get a better feel for how their first-round pick stacks up against fellow rookies and young teammates like Jordan Mickey.

This past season, Yabusele averaged 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in 28.7 minutes with Rouen Metropole Basket in the LNB Pro A league in France. He appeared in 34 games and grabbed 10 or more rebounds 11 times while tallying eight double-doubles.