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Pietrus close to making Celtics debut

Celtics forward Mickael Pietrus says he is close to making his season debut after missing the first two weeks while rehabbing from arthroscopic right knee surgery.

The Celtics signed Pietrus on December 24, one day before the season began. He didn't go through his first practice until Monday and is eying Wednesday's game against the reigning NBA champion Mavericks for his Boston debut.

Asked how close he was to 100 percent after knee surgery, Pietrus pointed to the watch of a reporter.

"You have a watch? Probably 48 hours," Pietrus said. "I think I'll be able to help my team. I went through practice with no pain. I told you guys I'd be ready to go in two weeks and two weeks came. I'm very happy I could go through practice with my teammates and get stuff done."

Pietrus, who battled against the Celtics in the playoffs in 2009 and '10 with the Orlando Magic, said he's happy to be wearing the green.

"It feels good," he said. "Look around, there's 17 banners so I'm in a great spot. I just want to work hard and be available for my team on Wednesday."

Pietrus has averaged 8.5 points and 3.1 rebounds in 496 career games for Golden State, Orlando and Phoenix.