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Celtics' Mickael Pietrus Suffers Freak Injury Against Sixers

Boston Celtics forward Mickael Pietrus had to be carried off the floor on a stretcher after a scary fall in tonight's game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Pietrus attempted to drive to the basket with 5:08 left in the second quarter, flanked by Sixers defenders Lou Williams and Elton Brand. He tripped and spilled to the floor, clutching at either his head or neck as he fell. It's unclear exactly what Pietrus injured, but he was on the ground for several minutes. Coach Doug Collins and the Sixers said a team prayer while Pietrus lay motionless on the floor.

Pietrus was either vomiting or coughing up blood as he left the floor, according to various reports. No further details on his injury are available at this time.

The Celtics are already without Jeff Green, Chris Wilcox and Jermaine O'Neal for the entire season. Pietrus was starting in place of yet another injured Celtic -- Ray Allen is out with a sore left ankle.

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