BOSTON (CBS) — Just when it looked like the Celtics would actually have the whole team for at least one game, COVID-19 rears its ugly head. Point guard Payton Pritchard has been placed in the NBA’s Health & Safety Protocol and ruled out for Wednesday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs in Boston.
Pritchard had seen an uptick in playing time over the last two-and-a-half weeks as Boston dealt with a slew of COVID-19 cases on the roster. He was making the most out of those minutes too, averaging 11.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists over his last eight games, including a pair of starts. He was finally working his way into Ime Udoka’s rotation after playing sparingly for a six-week stretch.READ MORE: Pastrnak's Power-Play Goal Lifts Bruins Over Jets 3-2
But now he’s in protocol and will have to miss at least the next five days.READ MORE: Las Vegas Raiders Reportedly Preparing To 'Make A Run' At Josh McDaniels
At least Boston’s COVID issues are lightening elsewhere on the roster. Star forward Jayson Tatum is slated to make his return Wednesday night after a stint in protocol, and Boston has announced that swingman Aaron Nesmith is also available against the Spurs after clearing protocol on Wednesday.MORE NEWS: Trail Blazers Rally Past Celtics 109-105
The Celtics are currently 18-19 on the season, but start a five-game stretch against sub-.500 teams on Wednesday.