Payton Pritchard will travel back to Boston on Thursday for additional evaluation after ‘likely’ struggling a damaged nostril in accordance to head coach Ime Udoka in Wednesday’s loss to the Orlando Magic.
The second-year guard suffered the damage with simply over a minute remaining within the first half in opposition to Orlando whereas transferring away from the ball. A Magic defender (Ignas Brazdeikis) inadvertently hit Pritchard within the face, which led to the Celtics guard being subbed out of the sport simply seconds later and heading straight to the locker room. Pritchard was dominated out of the sport at halftime by the group’s coaching employees.
“He’s gonna get it evaluated here and fly back to Boston,” Udoka stated of Pritchard. “Likely broken nose, and we’ll see when he’s ready from that. But he’ll be examined tonight and go back to Boston – miss the Miami game.”
The Celtics are only one week away from the regular-season opener in opposition to the New York Knicks subsequent Wednesday evening so it’s unclear whether or not the damage might sideline Pritchard past Friday’s preseason finale. If Pritchard is cleared to play, he will seemingly want some form of facial safety to shield his nostril whereas the damage heals.
Boston can also be with out massive man Al Horford for the group’s common season opener as he awaits clearance from the NBA well being and security protocols after a constructive COVID-19 check earlier this week. Jaylen Brown is predicted to be cleared in time to play subsequent Wednesday after testing constructive for COVID-19 final Friday. League sources indicated to MassLive.com that each Horford and Brown suffered breakthrough instances and are vaccinated.
The damage to Pritchard places a bitter be aware on a powerful preseason for the Oregon product, with the guard taking over extra of a ball-handling position whereas the group rested their veteran guards on Wednesday evening.
“We want him to learn and learn the position, and we always preach to him about making plays not just for yourself, but for others,” Udoka stated Wednesday evening. “He’s a guy, obviously, teams are going to guard a specific way because of his shooting ability. We want him to get downhill and find other guys. Early in the game, they had to adjust with Bamba’s length a little bit. I think we missed Rob there on a few drop offs or lobs, but he adjusted well. Obviously the shooting threat is always there with him but just really want him to learn the position, take the challenge on the defensive end, and I think he’s done that through summer league and then training camp.”
Pritchard ends his preseason averaging 10.0 factors per recreation whereas capturing 44 % from 3-point vary on six makes an attempt per recreation.