‘I’m Just Done With It,’ says a slumping Celtics guard.


‘I’m Just Done With It,’ says the Celtics’ slumping guard.

Payton Pritchard’s breakout season was supposed to be this year.

While that is still a possibility, the early returns for Oregon’s second-year product have been disappointing to say the least.

Pritchard looked destined to pay major dividends for a Celtics team with a new look backcourt, from his viral 92-point explosion in Pro-Am play to looking head and shoulders above his Summer League competition.

Things quickly went downhill after he broke his nose in a preseason game against the Orlando Magic.

Pritchard has worn a protective mask in every game since, except for the second half of Boston’s 91-89 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on November 13th.

“I’m just about done with it.”

It’s a pain to wear.

It obstructs your vision in some ways.

According to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe, Pritchard said of the mask, “It’s just a lot different.”

“If I break my nose in the future, I’m going to break my nose in the future.”

It’s a little early to put the mask away, but it’s what it is.

“I’m finished with it.”

PP vs. PP masked

PP without the mask

Sadly, Pritchard’s performance hasn’t improved much since he ditched the mask.

He’s shot 0-for-4 from the field in his last six quarters since ditching the protective shield, including going scoreless in a rematch with the Cavs on November 15th.

“I’ve got to knock down my shots and let it flow,” Pritchard said.

“As a new team, all you have to worry about is figuring out how to help them win, and that’s all I’m concerned with right now.”

In terms of my personal success, I’ll find ways to assist.”

As a rookie, Pritchard was quite impressive.

Aaron Nesmith, who was selected 12 picks before him, was the top pick on his own team.

Pritchard, on the other hand, made the most noise as a rookie pro.

With Kemba Walker sidelined for the majority of the 2020-21 season due to injuries, the Portland native stepped up big time.

Pritchard averaged nearly 20 minutes per game and displayed elite range and touch, making 44.0 percent of his field shots and 41.1 percent from beyond the arc.

“My first thought is that his range is…

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