Celtics guard Pietrus leaves game on stretcher

Posted Mar 23 2012 9:27PM - Updated Mar 23 2012 11:53PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Boston Celtics guard Mickael Pietrus left the court on a stretcher and was hospitalized after an awkward collision late in the first half of Friday night's game against Philadelphia. Pietrus was listed as having a questionable closed head injury.

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Pietrus crashed to the court after he collided with 76ers guard Lou Williams on a drive down the lane. Pietrus landed hard on his tailbone and his head nearly smacked the court. He instantly clutched the back of his head with both hands and rolled over on his side. Pietrus was down for at least 10 minutes and was quickly tended to by trainers from both teams.
The Celtics circled Pietrus and a couple of players took a knee as the swingman was put on a stretcher and taken out. Celtics sat on the bench with their heads bowed.
Pietrus started in place of injured guard Ray Allen.