Boston Celtics recorded one of the greatest defeats on Friday, according to ESPN. However, it was not the score of the game that bothered them, but rather the health condition of their team colleague, Mickael Pietrus. The basketball player was taken to hospital after suffering a severe head injury during a fall.
Mickael Pietrus collided with 76ers guard Lou Williams during the first half of the game and was no longer able to stand up. The game was interrupted for more than 10 minutes as the Celtics’ player was lying on the ground holding his head in his hands. Both the medical staff and the Boston players surrounded Pietrus in order to help him recover, but the player had to be removed on a stretcher and taken to the closest hospital for medical care.
Coach Rivers told reporters that he witnessed the moment of the incident and saw Pietrus’ head “snap”. He further stated that the shooting guard was throwing up on the floor, so the medical staff diagnosed him with closed head injury. Pietrus had X-rays and an MRI, but doctors agreed to continue the investigations on Saturday.
After the incident, Boston Celtics was unable to recuperate the points they lost and the 76ers won the game with 99 points against 86. Coach Rivers was very disappointed with the results, especially since he knew that the team could have won if it hadn’t been for the injuries and the fatigue of the players.
Philadelphia’s coach, Doug Collins was very happy with the results of the game, even though he felt sorry for Mickael Pietrus. Collins stated that he was glad he didn’t let his family down and managed to record his 400th career victory on Friday. His grandson was expecting a victory, so Collins would have felt really bad if he had disappointed him.
The 76ers were also encouraged by the “Fresh Prince” star, Will Smith, who arrived during the first half of the game to support Philadelphia. Smith, who is also the part-owner of the Sixers, congratulated Collins for his 400th victory at the end of the competition.