Payton Pritchard exits early with knee sprain

Boston Celtics rookie Payton Pritchard was helped off the floor by staff late in Friday’s first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers. Early in the second quarter, the Celtics ruled Pritchard out with, initially diagnosing him with a right knee sprain.

On replay, it appeared a Jaylen Brown fell into Pritchard’s right knee while both were part of a scrum for a rebound under the basket.

The Celtics closed the quarter on a 12-0 run immediately after Pritchard was helped to the locker room.

Pritchard, drafted late in the first round this past fall, has had an immediate impact for the Celtics so far this season. The rookie guard’s pestering defensive style and three-point range has been a boon to both second unit and closing lineups.

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