Payton Pritchard is a legend, and don’t let anybody say otherwise.
The sharp-shooting guard was nearly automatic from 3-point range in the Celtics’ dominant 109-81 win over the Bucks Sunday, going 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. While his impressive stat line will always be part of the Celtics’ latest Game 7 triumph, his words after nailing a late-game 27-footer were downright iconic.
“That’s what I do!!!,” Pritchard screamed as he pointed empathetically towards himself.
His delirium perfectly encapsulated the atmosphere inside of TD Garden when the Celtics were just pouring it on.
Sunday was a testament to the Celtics’ player development system. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown led the way with 41 combined points and cemented their status as rising superstars. They’ve reached the level in their careers where they’re making others better around them, such as Grant Williams and Pritchard.
The former dropped 27 points and went 7-of-18 from three, and the latter chimed in with 14 points off the bench. Both players were four-year seniors from established programs whom the Celtics drafted in the late first round. They’ve grown into their roles.
In addition to providing 3-point firepower, Williams played exceptional defense on Giannis Antetokounmpo, bodying the two-time MVP all series long. There’s little doubt that Williams, who went No. 22 overall, turned into one of the steals of the 2019 NBA Draft.
Pritchard, meanwhile, nearly outscored the Bucks’ bench all by himself. The former Oregon star is firmly in the Eddie House role, establishing himself as a dependable scorer who can come into the game and hit a few threes.
That’s he did Sunday, but he already told us that.