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Derrick White on profitable Jap Convention Participant of the Week: “I assumed Payton ought to have gained it”  

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Derrick White spoke to the media at shootaround in the present day for the primary time since being named Jap Convention Participant of the Week, and mentioned he thought a special teammate ought to have as a substitute the earned the honors.

“Actually, I assumed Payton ought to have gained the award,” White instructed reporters.

For video games performed from March 18 to 24, White averaged 20.3 factors, 8.8 assists, and 6.5 rebounds because the Celtics gained 4 straight. Pritchard put up comparable however barely decrease numbers, averaging 19.3 factors, 7 assists, and three.3 rebounds within the undefeated stretch. Pritchard was additionally nominated for Jap Convention Participant of the Week, however White finally gained.

White credited the workforce for the popularity, which was his first of the season and second of his profession.

“It’s fairly cool,” he mentioned. “I’m simply grateful to be part of this workforce, and simply being 4-0 once I was enjoying was a giant cause for it.”

Jrue Vacation missed all 4 video games performed final week, which meant White and Pritchard every had extra touches. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum every missed one sport in that span as effectively.

“You simply get extra alternatives, extra probability to be extra aggressive, I suppose,” White mentioned, when requested about his sample of stepping up when the workforce is shorthanded. “It simply occurs when most individuals are out, simply being aggressive, and making an attempt to make performs.”

At shootaround, White additionally mentioned he had lots of enjoyable at Tuesday night time’s Maine Celtics sport in School Park and laughed at Jordan Walsh’s notion that he wished to point out the workforce he was ‘not a bum.’

“It was cool for me to return there and help them,” White mentioned. “I perceive, as a result of I used to be a part of it — typically you are feeling you might need gotten forgotten. That’s in all probability what Jordan was saying. However he’s not forgotten. We’re all the time checking in on him and seeing how he’s doing.”

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