NBA: 73rd All Star Game-Western at Eastern

Eastern Conference forward Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics attempts a 3-pointer against the Western Conference during Sunday’s All-Star Game.

Perhaps Payton Pritchard was tired of facing questions about his individual situation. Before the Celtics guard took off for the All-Star break last week, his message was loud and clear.

After the Celtics’ blowout victory over the Nets last Wednesday that sent them into the break on a high note, Pritchard was asked what he’s looking forward to most during the second half of the season. And when the question was prefaced with a comment about his situation from a year ago at this time — when he was struggling to find consistent playing time — Pritchard cut it off.