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Payton Pritchard doesn't blink - literally and figuratively


I mean it! Have you watched his closeups? Payton Pritchard doesn't blink. It's like if he blinks, he will miss something on the court. This rookie is a bundle of mental and physical intensity. He has a bit of that Dave Cowens fire in him.

But also in a figurative sense, he never seems to blink (meaning back away) from the right play. In the Celtics 109-104 loss to the Brooklyn Nets last night, Payton poured in 22 points on 8-of-12 from the field and 6-of-7 on 3-pointers. His range on the long ball seems limitless. he played a large role in Boston's comeback attempt in the fourth quarter.

Pritchard also recorded three rebounds and two assists and had ZERO turnovers, as the rest of the team racked up a total of 19 mishaps leading to 32 points for Brooklyn. The announcers for the game also made sure to mention the rookie's tough defense and intelligence on the court - stating teams "Can't win with dummies in today's NBA"

Not blessed with NBA height or superior athleticism, Pritchard has looked like a veteran since his first appearance on an NBA court. He is poised and confident. He doesn't have blinding speed, but he often pushes the ball when he gets it and uses excellent body control to get to the hoop and score. Danny Ainge got a good one late in the first round.



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