Pietrus celebrates Pierce's milestone

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Mickael Pietrus is excited for Paul Pierce's milestone moment Tuesday vs. Charlotte.BOSTON -- The day could have been about his own milestone, but all Celtics reserve swingman Mickael Pietrus wanted to do was celebrate Paul Pierce's own landmark moment.

Pietrus, who celebrated his 30th birthday Tuesday, said he whipped together a celebratory sign he proudly displayed for Pierce after Boston's captain leapfrogged Larry Bird for second place on the Celtics' all-time scoring list on Tuesday night against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Of course, Pietrus, the resident buster of chops in the Celtics' locker room, couldn't help but chide Pierce for taking so long to get the necessary points to pass Bird.

"He took so long to score 10 points though," joked Pietrus. "I was like, 'Come on P, you all right? You need a getaway or something?' I was like, 'Yeah, you got that' and, finally, he got it. I was so happy that he’s my teammate.”

Pietrus didn't sign with the Celtics until Christmas Eve and didn't debut until mid-January, but he's quickly made himself an indispensable part of the team. He's further endeared himself by bringing an interminably jovial personality to the locker room and he was entirely sincere in simply wanting to celebrate Pierce's moment.

"I was happy for him," Pietrus said. "You know, The Truth. He’s going to take us to the championship so I have to show him some love. He’s my new teammate so I love him already, so that’s what I do."

Pierce got a kick out of the gesture from Pietrus.

“That’s just great support," he said of Pietrus' sign. "I told all my teammates and all my coaches that I’m thankful for them because, without them, I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish this feat."