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Celtics’ Payton Pritchard plans to attack earlier, more often in games

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Boston Celtics rookie guard Payton Pritchard has been looking pretty good in his last two games, his first since getting injured in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers near the end of January.

Yet, even as the Oregon product remains in the running for the 50-40-90 club, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens had some criticism for Pritchard, noting he seemed hesitant early in games despite his solid overall play in recent games.

“It’s okay to make mistakes and play the game with an aggression. The biggest thing I’ve learned is that when you step on the floor, in an NBA game you’ve got to be ready on both ends of the floor at all times because everybody’s a threat.”

“I just need to go out there and put everything on the line,” he added.

Averaging 8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game while shooting 49.5 % from the floor, 44.2% from deep and 90% from the stripe, Pritchard has already demonstrated he belongs in this league.

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