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Payton Pritchard avoids major injury, suffers Grade 1 MCL Sprain

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It's time to breathe a sigh of relief, Ducks fans.

Former Oregon guard and current Boston Celtics point guard Payton Pritchard avoided a significant injury Friday night when Jaylen Brown fell into his right knee which proceeded to buckle. Pritchard would not return to the game and was diagnosed with a right knee sprain. 

However, the team announced Saturday afternoon after an MRI that Pritchard suffered a Grade I MCL sprain of his right knee and is expected to return to the court for basketball activities in two weeks. 

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Over the next two weeks, Pritchard will miss at least seven scheduled games including a rivalry game against the Los Angeles Lakers on January 30th. However good for Boston is that starting point guard Kemba Walker returned this week.

With Pritchard sidelined, backup point guard Jeff Teague is expected to see an increased role. 

Despite being selected 26th overall during the 2020 NBA Draft, Pritchard has exceeded expectations in the NBA being a rotation player right away for a team with NBA Championship aspirations. On the season, he's averaging 7.7 points and 2.6 assists in 20.9 minutes per game while shooting 42.5% from behind the three-point arc. 

Meanwhile, Aaron Nesmith, who Boston took 14th overall over Pritchard, has only appeared in four games.