Pietrus being counted on for more than fun
Mickael Pietrus is expanding his game and his role on the team.
Nobody was having more fun during the Warriors' 100-82 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday than swingman Mickael Pietrus.
He playfully gestured to the crowd to crank up the noise after he drew a foul driving to the hoop in the first half.
Later, he stuck out his tongue at the television audience after he took a spill on the floor and found himself face-to-face with a TV camera.
"That's me, man," Pietrus said after Tuesday's practice. "I like the crowd. I like to get people into the game. They came to see us play. I like to get them excited."
But the Warriors are counting on Pietrus to be more than a catalyst for the crowd. Now in his third season, Pietrus needs to energize his team consistently off the bench.
"He's a little more relaxed (this season), I think," Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said. "I think he feels like he can give us energy off the bench. And obviously, if he shoots the ball, that's a bonus. He's a good defender. We'd like him to rebound a little bit more, but he's helping us a lot right now."