Celtics rookie Payton Pritchard injured vs. 76ers

Dec 30, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Payton Pritchard (11) passes the ball during the second quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics guard Payton Pritchard had to be helped off the floor after suffering a sprained right knee in the first quarter of their road game Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Celtics later announced the injury and that Pritchard, the No. 26 overall pick in the 2020 draft, would not return.

With 3:23 remaining in the first quarter, Pritchard was positioned in the lane as guard Shake Milton sank a short runner to give the 76ers a 23-21 lead. As the shot fell through, Pritchard’s teammate Jaylen Brown fell into Pritchard’s right leg after battling Dwight Howard for position on the play.

Pritchard was down for several minutes and had to eventually be helped from the floor and assisted to the locker room by teammates. Pritchard was scoreless in two minutes off the bench before departing.

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–Field Level Media