Payton Pritchard has solidified his spot in the playoff rotation. Over the last six games, Fast PP has hit 16 of his last 31 three pointers, including 2 of 4 tonight. But it’s more than just the shooting. He’s getting deeper into the paint with his dibble. Here’s one of his nifty drives from the first half:
If the Celtics are going to live and die by the three, there are going to be games like this. So far, Boston is a paltry 4 for 22 from behind the arc. Since the trade deadline, they’re second in the league in three-point attempts at 40 a night. Call it the modern NBA, but if they’re going to rely on it in the playoffs, it could be a dicey proposition. The Thunder, on the other hand, are 5 for 14 after the second quarter.
Finally, RIP Terrence Clarke. Before the game, the Celtics held a moment of silence for the Boston kid who died last week in a car accident. Clarke was working out in Los Angeles and was expected to be drafted this summer. He was 19. Check out CelticsBlog’s Bobby Manning’s piece on Clarke and his strong bonds with several of the Celtics, including Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.