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Boston rookie Payton Pritchard draws national media attention

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He has played in every game when healthy this season – and for more than 10 minutes in every game but the one in which he suffered an MCL sprain against the Philadelphia 76ers on Jan. 22,” he adds.

“Even with those missed games, he has made more 3-pointers than all but Tatum and Brown on the Celtics this season, while his 46.9% clip from behind the arc has him second only to Memphis’ Desmond Bane among rookies taking at least three triples a game, and 10th among all players who have taken that many per game this season. “

It seems Ainge taking a player with the ability to shoot already instilled in his game has paid off for the Celtics president in a big way, and the jury is still out on Nesmith. Co/Ynok9dYewv

– The Celtics Wire February 12, 2021

While fans should temper their excitement given the defensive limitations and inexperience of the West Linn native’s game, Pritchard’s promising start has helped keep the integrity of an ambitious Boston squad more or less in focus in a season it would have been easy to lose focus and fall apart.

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