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Certainly looks like Payton's Place is with the Celtics in Boston


NBC Sports' Chris Forsberg wrote it. "The Celtics don’t win Tuesday night without Pritchard’s game-changing energy". Payton Pritchard came away with 10 points, five boards and five assists in the Celtics 116-111 win over the Pacers last night, ending Indiana's 3-game win streak.

This young man simply injects energy into a team that often desperately needs it. It is rare for coach Brad Stevens to be confident enough to keep a rookie on the floor this long (per NBC Sports' Chris Forsberg):

"Four games into his NBA career, Pritchard, the No. 26 pick in November’s draft, is fifth on the team in total minutes played (88). He’s logged more floor time than two of Boston’s key rotation players during their bubble run in Grant Williams (61 minutes) and Daniel Theis (86). He’s just ahead of veteran offseason acquisition Jeff Teague, who he was supposed to be ahead of him on the point guard depth chart entering the season."

On this morning's NBA TV broadcast, the "I like Pritchard" statement was uttered by at least one of the broadcast crew while reviewing the Celtics/Pacers contest. Fellow-rookie Aaron Nesmith remains a mystery man, and we can expect more DNP CDs in the near future. But it looks like Payton's Place is with the Celtics in Boston. He has found a home.


https://www.nbcsports.com/boston/celtics/how-payton-pritchard-has-broken-through-celtics-rookie-wall


The Celtics don’t win Tuesday night without Pritchard’s game-changing energy.


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