Boston Celtics player grades as regular season winds down

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Payton Pritchard - B-

Payton Pritchard is another reason the Celtics' bench was able to bounce back after their difficult start. He is playing the most minutes per game of his career at 20.6 and has established himself as a solid backup for White and Holiday.

What Pritchard lacks defensively is made up by his ability to create for others. He averages 2.8 assists per game, which is the fifth most on the team and the most by any other bench player the Celtics have. He’s a more than capable shooter who gives everything he has on defence despite his lack of size. You can’t ask for much more from the eighth man in the rotation.