Boston Celtics

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - DECEMBER 27: Payton Pritchard #11 of the Boston Celtics shoots the ball against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on December 27, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

Payton Pritchard, the Celtics’ breakout rookie, was at the center of a scary moment in the first quarter of Friday’s game against the Sixers. Competing for a rebound, he collided with Jaylen Brown and came away grabbing at his right knee.

The 22-year-old stayed down on the floor for a minute, clearly in pain. He would end up going directly back to the locker room, moving with the assistance of the Celtics’ training staff.

The 26th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, Pritchard’s freshman campaign was off to a strong start. He entered Friday averaging eight points, three assists, three rebounds, and a steal through 13 games. A strong scoring option for the Celtics second-unit, his early highlight was hitting a game winner against the Heat two weeks ago.

Boston went on a 12-2 run after Pritchard’s injury, and led the Sixers 33-25 after the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, the Celtics ruled Pritchard out for the remainder of the game with what the team described at the time as a knee sprain.

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