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Payton Pritchard and Rob Williams shine in Celtics 108-107 loss to Pacers

 Brad Stevens is playing the kids



The Celtics lost a close one last night to the Indiana Pacers, the final score at 108-107. One bright spot was the play of rookie Payton Pritchard and third-year man, Rob Williams.

It is obvious that coach Brad Stevens is intent on developing Pritchard into a player that can offer significant production - even right away. And that's what the rookie did last night, never missing a shot. He scored 13 points on a perfect 5-of-5 from the field and 3-of-3 from behind the arc. He added two assists, two steals and a team-high plus/minus of +9. He plays like he has been in the NBA for a few years.

Rob Williams came away after playing the best game of his career. He totaled 12 points, four boards, one assist, four steals and two blocks while hitting on 6-of-7 from the field. He was active and focused in this contest, and he gave us a taste of what he may have in store for this season.

 Despite the losing record (1-2) early in the season, Stevens seems to be thinking player-development as opposed to any major trades. Rob and Payton played a combined 45 minutes last night - and both helped keep The Green in contention. Pritchard looked like he has been on this team for several seasons, and Williams III found his niche - at least for last night. They seem to be a significant part of The Green's hope for this season.

 


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