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Get ready for 'Masked PP:' Pritchard shares update on broken nose originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
The Boston Celtics' season opener against the New York Knicks on Wednesday will feature the debut of "Masked PP."
Celtics point guard Payton Pritchard broke his nose in last Wednesday's preseason matchup with the Orlando Magic when he took a stray hand to the face late in the first half. Pritchard immediately flew home to Boston for treatment and missed the Celtics' preseason finale Friday against the Miami Heat.
Apparently that treatment went well. Pritchard said Sunday he's getting outfitted for a mask and will be able to play Wednesday in New York.
#NEBHInjuryReport update: Payton Pritchard says of his broken nose: “I got it fixed, I’ll get my mask, and I’ll be playing Wednesday.”
He adds that the break “wasn’t painful at all” and neither was the resetting process.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 17, 2021
In case you're wondering how the nose looks, Pritchard shared a photo to his Instagram story Saturday night.
Payton Pritchard nose update: pic.twitter.com/ZNKPdlmwRq
— Taylor Snow (@taylorcsnow) October 17, 2021
Pritchard's nose looks far from healed, so it's a testament to his toughness that he'll play through the injury while wearing a protective mask. He should provide valuable depth at point guard behind Marcus Smart and Dennis Schroder, who's dealing with a left knee injury but is expected to be ready for Game 1, as well.
Pritchard enjoyed a strong rookie season, averaging 7.7 points off the bench while shooting 41.1% from 3-point range. He'll look to provide that same second-half spark in Year 2 -- with a new look for at least the first few games.