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Celtics guard disregarded at Summer League game

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The Boston Celtics lost their Summer League opener to the Miami Heat on July 9.

However, with Boston’s opening Summer League game still underway, sophomore point guard Payton Pritchard attempted to break into the group to offer a few words of wisdom to a group of NBA hopefuls.

Unfortunately, security at the game did not recognize the sniper and denied him entry to the Celtics restricted area, preventing Pritchard from speaking to the team.

While the exchanges between Pritchard and security personnel were likely frustrating, there’s also a humorous element, given that the Oregon native was named to the All-Summer League First Team just last season.

Pritchard wasn’t the only Celtics player in attendance on July 9th Jayson Tatum was also seen watching the game from the stands. The All-NBA wing looked relaxed and engaged as they cheered on a new batch of Celtics hopefuls and hung out with friends in the crowd.

Shortly after Boston’s 88-78 loss to the Heat, Tatum made himself available for a brief media crush in his first press conference since losing game six in the NBA Finals. During the interview, Boston’s superstar wing spoke about his “healing process” after falling over at the final hurdle of the postseason.

“It’s taking a long time… I still think about it every day. Probably by the start of the season. Probably by the time we get back to the championship I guess…you know how hard it is to get over there. You know how much harder it is to get over that hump, so obviously I better get into next year if we try to come back,” Tatum told reporters when asked for his thoughts on the NBA Finals.

With such a quick turnaround from the NBA Finals to the start of the Summer League, one should hope that Tatum has taken time to rest and recover after starring in a grueling postseason run that left him with a nagging shoulder injury had moved.

Picked the 53rd pick in the 2022 NBA draft by Brad Stevens, JD Davison plans to spend next season with the Maine Celtics after signing a two-way contract with the Celtics ahead of their July 9 game against Miami has signed.

However, when he went down, the rookie guard began to show why the Celtics were targeting him as he fell deep in the second round. Davison is explosive, cunning and has good demeanor when playing on the ball – while also being a formidable defender, especially on the passing lanes. The rookie guard finished the contest with 10 points, six rebounds and six assists while shooting 27.3% from the field and 40% from perimeter.

“It felt great man. The environment was great, it was everything I dreamed of. Coming here, being on the court and having my family here to support me, it felt great to be able to do my first run and get my feet wet. Ready for the next one,” Davison told reporters when asked about the experience on his Celtics debut.

Boston’s guard rotation is incredibly deep and was recently strengthened with the addition of Malcolm Brogdon. So the rookie point guard has plenty to do if he is to force his hands on Brad Stevens and Ime Udoka in the upcoming season and beyond.

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