Wednesday marked yet another night of Payton Pritchard Mania in Boston.
Two nights after dropping 23 points and dishing eight assists off the bench vs. the Toronto Raptors, the Celtics rookie was the story again vs. the Miami Heat. Pritchard's putback with 0.2 seconds left on the clock sealed the C's victory and furthered the conversation about the 26th overall pick being the steal of the 2020 NBA Draft.
With Pritchard continuing to impress early in the campaign, is it time to stop being surprised by his output? Chris Forsberg and Max Lederman discussed on a brand new episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast.
"Yeah, we absolutely should [be surprised]. [Pritchard] was having one of his more tough offensive games. I thought the Heat's length and size -- a couple of the times he drove in there I was like 'OK, this is a little bit different than last game,'" Lederman said. "But to see him still stick with it ... He didn't give up, and he scores the go-ahead basket, the game-winner.
"This early in his career it's pretty remarkable what a home run pick that's looking like. The four-year guys, there's always the question of what's there growth, what's their upside. I think getting a rotation player which they very clearly have done with the 26th pick is just -- what a great thing to happen. It really buys you some time with [Aaron] Nesmith as well."
It's unclear whether Pritchard Mania will continue once Kemba Walker returns to the Celtics lineup, but it's certainly been the highlight of the C's season to this point. We'll see whether Pritchard can continue his hot streak Friday when Boston hosts the Washington Wizards.
Also discussed in the new episode: Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum have become leaders both on and off the court for the Celtics. How good is the Celtics bench? Where do the Celtics rank in the Eastern Conference right now? Plus, Brown and Tatum address the media together and discuss the events that took place at the United States Capitol.