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Payton Pritchard (nose) won’t return to preseason game against Orlando

Boston’s guard rotation will be missing a key piece for the second half.

Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

The Boston Celtics will be shorthanded in the second half against the Orlando Magic as the team announced that Payton Pritchard sustained a nose injury in the second quarter. He ran into a flailing hand from Ignas Brazdeikis with 1:25 left in the second quarter.

It’s unclear how severe this injury is, but the hope is that this is just a precautionary measure. After all, Pritchard already showed plenty in this game, being the primary offensive driving force for the team. He finishes this game with 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists on 57% shooting, including a deep logo 3-pointer.

The Celtics lead the Magic 56-54 at the half. Ryan Arcidiacono will start the second half.

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