Celtics Issue Kemba Walker Health Update
The Celtics issued a Kemba Walker health update this week. Boston will be without the point guard on Friday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
While a handful of teams returned from All-Star weekend on Thursday night, the majority are set to play Friday. One of those teams is the Celtics.
Unfortunately, they will be without one of their best players as Walker needed to have a minor procedure on his knee follow last weekend’s action.
In a session with the media, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that Walker was dealing with swelling in his knee and required having it drain.
As the procedure is obviously not a serious one, it should not keep him out for long.
Stevens says Walker’s injury is “short-term enough” that an appearance in the Lakers’ game is still possible, although he hasn’t asked the medical staff about it yet.
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Stevens also acknowledged that while Walker’s knee has been a point of concern in the past, if anyone involved thought that this would be the end result, he would not have been permitted to participate last Sunday.
While Walker is definitely out tonight, Stevens described his injury as “short term enough” that he may still be ready to play in Boston’s game versus the Los Angeles Lakers this coming Sunday.
Up to this point, Walker has missed eight games so far this season. This comes on the heels of a 2018-29 campaign where he played all 82 outings for the Charlotte Hornets last season.
So far on the year Walker is averaging 21.8 points, 5 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game.
With him taking over for recently departed point guard Kyrie Irving this year, the Celtics have amassed a record of 38-16 to date through 54 outings. That places them squarely in third place in the Eastern Conference and right in the thick of the home court advantage chase for the playoffs.