Brad Stevens, faced with salary cap inflexibility that threatened to handcuff his team over the next two years, broke the logjam with a major trade Friday morning. 334 more wordsCeltics swap Kemba Walker, 2021 first-rounder for Al Horford in cap clearing trade — Boston Herald
The Boston Celtics implemented a long-term plan in the hopes that Kemba Walker would be at his healthiest entering the postseason, and it seems the All-Star point guard is holding up his end. Walker told reporters Monday, one day before the Celtics host the Washington Wizards in the NBA Play-In Tournament, that he was fresh […]How Kemba Walker Is Feeling Ahead Of Celtics-Wizards Play-In Game — NESN.com
Kawhi Leonard was a late scratch for the Clippers due to back spasms.Kemba Walker has another strong game scoring 25, Celtics beat Clippers — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
Sign In Kemba Walker is trending in the right direction, and head coach Brad Stevens can see it. The Celtics point guard played a season-high 31 minutes Tuesday night, his seventh game this campaign, and helped Boston earn a 111-107 win over the Golden State Warriors. Walker finished with 19 points on 6-for-18 from the…Brad Stevens Shares Positive Outlook On Kemba Walker’s Output Vs. Warriors — NESN.com
It seemed like Kemba Walker’s struggles came to a head on Saturday night. Against the Los Angeles Lakers, Walker did a lot of good things down the stretch, like pulling down rebounds, making steals and even getting a block on Anthony Davis. But with the ball in his hands on the final possession, Walker missed […]Celtics Notes: Kemba Walker’s Struggles Come To Head In Loss To Lakers — NESN.com
BOSTON (AP) — Julius Randle scored 20 points with 12 rebounds and RJ Barrett had 19 and 11 on Sunday to help the New York Knicks snap a five-game losing streak and beat the Boston Celtics 105-75.Jaylen Brown scored 25 for Boston, which had the best record in the Eastern Conference after winning five in a row but suffered its biggest blowout and lowest-scoring output of the season.“I don’t believe that’s who this team is,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “We had a clunker. You try to have as few of those as you can. … We just looked like we were in mud today.”All-Star Kemba Walker made his season debut after missing the first 11 games with a left knee injury but left in the third quarter with a rib injury. Fellow Celtics All-Star Jayson Tatum missed his second straight game with COVID-19.The Knicks led by as many as 11 in the first quarter and made it 15 in the second before scoring the first 10 points in the third quarter to open a 58-35 lead. The Celtics never got closer than 18 after that.“They’ve played extremely well short-handed, and dealing with a lot of tough stuff with guys being out,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Sometimes when you get guys back, there’s another adjustment you have to go through. … Getting Kemba back, there was an adjustment for them.”KEMBA BACK OUTWalker went to the locker room after taking a shot to the ribs while getting boxed out by Nerlens Noel in the third quarter. Walker said he simply got the wind knocked out of him. He did not return, but he already had played 20 minutes, which was his limit.Walker scored nine points on 3-of-13 shooting, adding three rebounds, four assists and three steals but committing five turnovers. He was 1 for 8 from 3-point range.“It felt really good to be out there. Really good. I almost forgot how it felt,” Walker said. “Free, which I haven’t been for a very, very, very long time. It feels weird not having pain, if that makes sense.”BENCH STRENGTHThe Knicks had a 38-25 edge in bench scoring, led by Immanuel Quickley’s 17 points and eight assists.“It’s just his craftiness,” Thibodeau said. “He’s got every shot you can imagine.”Reigning NCAA player of the year and No. 8 overall draft pick Obi Toppin added 12 points and five rebounds in 17 minutes — his most extensive action since injuring his left calf in the opener. He missed 10 consecutive games before returning on Wednesday.“He was terrific in training camp,” Thibodeau said. “To get an injury like he had, it’s not an easy thing to deal with — particularly for a guy going through the league for the first time.”TIP-INSKnicks: Thibodeau, who was an assistant on the Celtics team that won the 2008 NBA title, celebrated his 63rd birthday. … Mitchell Robinson, who entered the game with a right heel bruise, left in the first quarter when he landed badly after being undercut by Jeff Teague. Robinson needed help getting up and limped off the court, but he returned in the second quarter.Celtics: The 35 points was the Celtics’ lowest-scoring half of the season. Boston’s previous lowest scoring game was 93 points against Detroit on New Year’s Day. The biggest blowout was a 28-point loss to the Nets on Christmas. … Tatum has not played since Jan. 8. He has missed two games and three others were postponed because one or both teams didn’t have enough healthy players. … Marcus Smart was 4 for 15 from the field, missing all seven 3-point attempts.UP NEXTKnicks: Return home to face the Magic on Monday before a four-game West Coast swing.Celtics: At 76ers on Wednesday for the first of two successive games in Philadelphia.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsKemba Walker returns, but Knicks blow out Celtics 105-75 — The China Post, Taiwan
He had been on a strengthening and recovery program for a troublesome knee issue.Kemba Walker makes season debut, starts for Celtics Sunday vs. Knicks — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
The Boston Celtics are taking their time in getting Kemba Walker game-ready. The minutes restriction the starting guard encountered as the NBA returned to action will go back into effect this season after Walker misses some early time getting his knee healthy. So as of right now, in the aftermath of Walker’s recent stem-cell injection, […]Kemba Walker Injury: Celtics Guard Practicing Individually With Light Workload — NESN.com
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Kemba Walker and Jimmy Butler entered the NBA on the same night. They’ve paid their dues since the 2011 NBA draft. Butler is a five-time All-Star, Walker a four-time selection. Walker has the better scoring numbers, Butler the better defensive numbers. Butler leads with a style that’s often erroneously […]Celtics’ Walker, Heat’s Butler waited years for East finals — The China Post, Taiwan
Kemba Walker said his lack of aggression was “unacceptable” after taking only nine shots in the Boston Celtics’ 100-93 loss to the Toronto Raptors in game 4. The series is now even at two. “I got to be more aggressive. I wasn’t aggressive enough. That’s unacceptable on my behalf, to be honest. There’s no way […]Kemba Walker Says He’s ‘Got To Be More Aggressive’ After Taking Nine Shots In Game 4 Loss — Portal4News
Kemba Walker said his lack of aggression was “unacceptable” after taking only nine shots in the Boston Celtics’ 100-93 loss to the Toronto Raptors in game 4.
The series is now even at two.
“I got to be more aggressive. I wasn’t aggressive enough. That’s unacceptable on my behalf, to be honest. There’s no way I can just be taking nine shots. That’s unacceptable,” said Walker.
Walker finished the game with 15 points and 8 assists, while also going 1-for-6 from three.
Jaylen Brown, who shot 4-of-18 from the field, echoed Walker’s struggles.
“I just missed some open shots. I’m a good shooter. I’ve just got to make them. It’s make-or-break time, 2-2. The series is tied up. We didn’t play that well. I didn’t play that well. We got to bounce back and be ready to fight. That’s what it comes down to: fight. We have to be ready to fight for our lives next game and keep playing good basketball.”
Brad Stevens is encouraged by Kemba Walker’s recovery. The Boston Celtics head coach told reporters Saturday, following the team’s 119-112 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night, the veteran point guard has “responded well.” Walker, who has been nursing a knee injury throughout much of the season, played 19 minutes on what Stevens explained…Brad Stevens Explains How Kemba Walker’s Knee Has Fared After Friday’s Loss — NESN.com
How he feels in the morning obviously is more important, but for now Kemba Walker is feeling pretty good. Out of an abundance of caution, the Boston Celtics kept the star point guard on a minutes restriction in Friday night’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, and he’ll likely be limited throughout the seeding round. It’s…Kemba Walker’s Knee Felt Good In Minutes-Restricted Game Vs. Bucks — NESN.com