After dropping a 92-point masterpiece at a Pro-Am game in Portland, Payton Pritchard fell down to Earth as he only recorded six points for the Boston Celtics against the Sacramento Kings in the NBA Summer League Championship.
The Kings dismantled the Celtics en route to a 100-67 win at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Celtics' guard was then clowned by fans on social media as he got locked up by Davion Mitchell who is a rookie drafted by the Kings with their 9th overall pick.
Payton Pritchard coming into the Summer League Final:
— 20.3 PPG
— 51.4 FG%
— 57.7 3P% on 8.7 attempts
— 1.3 TOV
Payton Pritchard guarded by Davion Mitchell in the Summer League Final:
— 4 PTS
— 2-6 FG
— 0-4 3P
— 4 TOV
Off night. pic.twitter.com/DCaye0daPQ
— StatMuse (@statmuse) August 18, 2021
Mitchell put the clamps on Pritchard as the Celtics' guard clearly struggled when the Kings' guard was his primary defender.
No doubt Mitchell is called “Off Night” as certainly gave Pritchard one.
Davion Mitchell vs. Payton Pritchard is tremendous pic.twitter.com/pg5Uf2qMo1
— Tony Xypteras (@TonyXypteras) August 18, 2021
Davion Mitchell is lauded for his defensive skills, he helped Baylor win its first national championship, recording 15 points, six rebounds, and five assists in a 86–70 win against previously undefeated Gonzaga in the title game.
Mitchell is not easily fooled by opposing players since he has a high defensive IQ and has great lateral movement to keep up. The Kings guard received the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award, NABC Defensive Player of the Year and the Lefty Driesell Award as the top defensive player in the nation back in his college years. Mitchell also earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Big 12 honors.
Don’t let the Payton Pritchard “hype” fool y’all 😒
Davion don’t play that.
Kings +6.5 ✅
Kings ML +220 ✅ pic.twitter.com/QJzlDnHBEl
— Quinton Mayo (@RealQuintonMayo) August 18, 2021
Meanwhile, the Celtics' Pritchard will be looking to crack Ime Udoka's lineup as he will be proving to everyone who clowned him that this summer's scoring outburst is certainly not a fluke.
After an early playoff exit, the Celtics retooled and revamped their squad.
The Celtics will look to go for a deeper playoff run with Jason Tatum leading the way.