Pritchard announces he'll return for Summer League title game


Payton Pritchard appears intent on finishing what the Summer Celtics started.

The young Celtics point guard announced Sunday night on Twitter he plans to rejoin the team Tuesday for its 2021 NBA Summer League championship game matchup with the Sacramento Kings.

Pritchard's work in Las Vegas appeared to be done last Friday when Celtics Summer League coach Joe Mazzulla said the second-year guard "won’t be with us the rest of the way" due to a "prior engagement."

Since then, Pritchard went out and dropped 92 points at a Pro-Am game in Portland, Ore., over the weekend. With the C's on the verge of a summer championship after a dominant 4-0 run, it sounds like the Oregon native wants to help his team reach the finish line.

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Pritchard should give Boston a huge boost. He was the team's best player through three games of summer action, averaging 20.3 points, 8.7 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game on 51.4% shooting while looking like a player who was too talented for his competition.

But Pritchard and the Celtics will face their toughest challenge Tuesday in the Kings, who are led by 2020 second-round pick Jahmi'us Ramsey and 2021 lottery pick Davion Mitchell.

Tip-off for Tuesday's title game is set for 9 p.m. ET at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

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