Pietrus helps Celtics in win without scoring


Pietrus helps Celtics in win without scoring

BOSTON -- When Mickael Pietrus joined the Boston Celtics this season, he quickly made a splash with his three-point shooting and instant offense.

But after struggling with his shot during the postseason (his scoring average is down from 6.9 points per game in the regular season to 3.2 during the playoffs), the swingman has adjusted his game to fit the needs of the team. In Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday night, it was playing tough defense against the Miami Heat that helped the Celtics get a critical 93-91 overtime win.

Doc (Rivers) said this before the playoffs started -- When what you do isnt working, what can you bring to the team to help the team? said Keyon Dooling. His (Pietrus) defense was amazing tonight. His offensive rebounds were huge for us. There are ways you can contribute without scoring.

Pietrus defended LeBron James at the end of regulation -- I try to play tough because you have to respect the jersey youre playing for, he said -- and came up with big plays in overtime after Paul Pierce fouled out. In fact, Pietrus was on the receiving end of LeBron James' charge, his sixth foul of the game with just under two minutes to play in overtime.

Pietrus had grabbed six offensive rebounds during the playoffs heading into Game 4. The Celtics led 92-91 with 1:31 left in overtime when Ray Allen missed a three-point shot. Pietrus snuck in for a key offensive rebound and, after Kevin Garnett missed another trey 26 seconds later, Pietrus once again snagged the loose ball.

Rather than making an impact with his offense (he was scoreless in Game 4), he made the necessary adjustments to help the Celtics get the W and even the series at 2-2.

The last two (rebounds) were huge, said Pietrus. Sometimes thats what it takes to win basketball games. You can always count on me if you want to win games. Im going to play hard -- thats what I did for my team tonight. My main focus is to go to Miami now and try to get another win.

The Celtics will travel to Miami on Monday and play Game 5 against the Heat on Tuesday night.

Bulpett: Ainge 'really protective' of ability to go to free agency this summer

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Drummond on tweets and trade talk: 'I can change my profile if I want to'

Drummond on tweets and trade talk: 'I can change my profile if I want to'

BOSTON – If you believe what Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons are saying, then the former UConn star will not be on the move prior to Thursday’s 3 p.m. ESTtrade deadline.

Drummond, whose social media posts on Monday and later Tuesday morning only perpetuated the belief that he might be traded to Boston, addressed the trade speculation surrounding him after the Piston’s practice on Tuesday.

“What’s that got to do with my team?” he told reporters. “I can’t control what happens with trade rumors.”

Drummond was then reminded of the eyeballs emoji he posted Tuesday morning, which came less than 24 hours after he re-tweeted Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas’ eyeballs emoji – a similar posting to what Thomas did around the time Boston landed Al Horford last summer.

So as fans and media tried to piece the tweets together like they were clues to a Jessica Fletcher mystery, Drummond did his best to splash cold water on the trade talk on Tuesday.

“I’m a grown man,” he said. “I can change my profile if I want to. It doesn’t matter what time of year. If y’all want to speculate about that and me, go for it.”

Pistons head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy has made no secret about the Pistons having conversations with several teams about all their players.

“Some discussions get more serious than others and that’s what happens,” Van Gundy told reporters following the team’s practice on Tuesday. “There hasn’t been a serious discussion about Andre, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been discussions about Andre.

Van Gundy added, “The rumors don’t mean anything to me. One of you (media) guys asked me over the weekend how far along the D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green trade for Reggie was. The first time I heard about it was when I got that text, so I would assume not that far. I usually can just laugh it off, but it gets a little annoying.”