After losing their third straight game on Friday, the Celtics received some relatively good news on Saturday.
Rookie guard Payton Pritchard suffered a Grade I MCL sprain in his right knee, an MRI found on Saturday. Pritchard will still miss time though. He’s expected two miss two weeks, the Celtics said in a statement.
Saturday’s injury update was a positive development after Pritchard went down after Jaylen Brown collided with his right leg in the first quarter of Friday’s loss to the 76ers. Pritchard laid on the court for a few moments before finally getting up and going back to the locker room with assistance.
Pritchard was ruled out for the rest of the game shortly after and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens didn’t provide much of an update on Pritchard’s condition following the game.
The Celtics’ second first-round pick has carved out a role for himself in the team’s rotation. Pritchard’s averaged 8.3 points, 2.8 assists, and 2.5 rebounds per game while mostly splitting backup point guard duties with veteran Jeff Teague.
In other Celtics injury news, star forward Jayson Tatum will miss his fifth straight game on Sunday when Boston hosts the Cleveland Cavaliers. Tatum reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 9 and just resumed on-court activities this past Wednesday. The Celtics are 1-3 in his absence.
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