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Celtics point guard Payton Pritchard out weeks with knee sprain

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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 22: Payton Pritchard #11 of the Boston Celtics is injured during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center on January 22, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

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It could have been a whole lot worse.

When standout Celtics rookie Payton Pritchard went down Friday night, it looked worse. He was guarding Philly’s Shake Milton as he drove the lane, but behind Pritchard Dwight Howard and Jaylen Brown were battling for rebound position and Howard knocked over Brown, who fell into Pritchard’s right knee.

The good news is the MRI shows just a sprain and Pritchard will be just a couple of weeks.

The Oregon point guard was selected No. 26 by the Celtics last summer, but quickly earned his way into the Boston rotation with heads up and hustle plays. Pritchard is averaging 8.3 points a game and is shooting 43.6% from three, playing 22 minutes a night.