The Boston Celtics acquired a minor reprieve after flirting with adopting their infamous alter-ego — the so-called “Hospital” Celtics — earlier than the season even begins with phrase a dislocated finger suffered in apply by rookie level guard Payton Pritchard was nothing severe, the Oregon product already again at it in apply.
With information newly-signed large man Tristan Thompson is trying like he may miss the group’s season opener on Dec. 23 with a strained hamstring on prime of ongoing absences to damage for Kemba Walker and Romeo Langford, the prospect of doubtless shedding even a rookie flooring common is magnified.
Coach Brad Stevens associated to the media that the previous Duck dodged a bullet nevertheless, with Pritchard practising with the group on Sunday.
“He’s robust; he practiced as we speak,” shared the Celtics coach
“He tried to get again in apply yesterday. Like I stated they popped that factor again in and [he was] begging to come back again into apply, however they waited ’til — rightfully so — there was an X-ray taken and ensure there was no different points. He practiced totally as we speak together with his fingers taped up.”
“Robust little man,” remarked Stevens in closing.
The Celtics will doubtless want each accessible participant on this truncated, COVID-19-inflected season, notably early within the schedule whereas Walker and Langford are recuperating.
So, listening to of Pritchard’s resilience is a blessing — fingers crossed Thompson’s hamstring points are resolved by Christmas week as effectively.
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