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‘I’d love to be Paul Pierce, but I’m Mickael Pietrus’

01.28.12 at 1:29 am ET
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Mickael Pietrus isn’t Ray Allen, even though he played him on TV Friday night — starting in place of the injured NBA 3-point champion for the second straight night. And he knows he isn’t Celtics teammate Paul Pierce either.

“That man been a 10-time All-Star,” Pietrus said of Pierce. “I’d love to be Paul PIerce, but I’€™m Mickael Pietrus. … I’€™m happy to get Paul back. It was hard for me to guard him on the opposing team. I’€™m glad I’€™m his teammate. It’€™s Paul Pierce. He’€™s a 10-time All-Star. He knows how to play basketball.”

Pietrus knows how to play basketball, too, and he’s filled in admirably for Allen. In back-to-back starts against the Magic and Pacers, he has totaled 25 points — including five 3-pointers — and 12 rebounds.

‘€œHe’€™s been huge,” said Pierce. “You talk about a guy who can really knock down shots and make plays. He’€™s a really scrappy defender and a great athlete. He’€™s been huge in Ray’€™s absence, just filling in that role and being that constant threat from the outside and filling in gaps on defense.’€

After scoring 12 points in Orlando, Pietrus finished with 13 points (5-13 FG, 2-5 3P) in Friday’s 94-87 win over the Pacers — his fifth double-digit point output in eight games for Boston.

“We’€™ve been playing extremely well right now, so we’€™ve been playing Celtics basketball,” said Pietrus, who said his sore shoulder and back “felt good” as he showed off some stretches in front of the media. “That’€™s how I know the Celtics play from the opposing team.”

Pietrus also added eight rebounds, his highest total in a Celtics uniform.

“That’€™s what it takes to be a championship team,” added Pietrus. “We’€™re really trying to improve ourselves rebounding the ball, and that’€™s how we’€™re able to win basketball games.”

The one damper on his night was a flagrant-1 levied on him when he fouled Indiana’s Paul George in the fourth quarter, followed by a technical foul for taunting.

“To me, that wasn’€™t even a flagrant,” said Pietrus. “He was trying to go to the basket, and I was just trying to foul him. They tried to make a big deal about it: ‘€˜Ahhhhh.’€™ It’€™s just a foul. I’€™ve gotten fouled like that before, so I didn’€™t say anything. I got my foul and I move on. I don’€™t know why they tried to make a big deal out of a small thing. I’€™m glad we got the win.’€

That they did — thanks, in part, to Pietrus, doing his best Ray Allen (or Paul Pierce) impression.

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