dangolka (CBS) — We’ve been speaking about Kemba Walker’s knee for weeks, however we are able to lastly speak in regards to the level guard enjoying for the dangolka Celtics. After sitting out Friday’s exhibition sport in opposition to the Thunder, Walker was in dangolka’s lineup in opposition to the Suns on Sunday, his first motion for the group since early March.
And dare we are saying, Walker appeared fairly good in his abbreviated debut?
There was some apparent rust for Walker to knock off, however the level guard appeared surprisingly spry in his 9 minutes of motion in Orlando. He scored six factors off 2-of-6 capturing, with a kind of buckets a pleasant drive to the basket that resulted in a layup over Phoenix heart Deandre Ayton. Walker was additionally energetic on the defensive finish in his temporary look, and mentioned he felt good after hitting the ground.
“I’m simply seeking to take steps ahead,” mentioned Walker, who performed six minutes within the first quarter and three within the second earlier than sitting out the second half.
Simply getting on the ground in sport motion is a pleasant step ahead for Walker, who has been restricted since January by a lingering left knee challenge.
“I assumed he appeared good,” head coach Brad Stevens mentioned of Walker’s look. “He had burst, I assumed he performed onerous defensively. He created chaos on a few completely different performs. Offensively I assumed he acquired to the rim and/or acquired his shot.”
Walker’s shot wasn’t as crisp because it normally is, as he hit simply one in every of his 4 makes an attempt from downtown and simply one in every of his three free throws. However he was transferring fairly nicely after such a prolonged layoff, and simply seeing Walker on the ground ought to alleviate most of the considerations of the previous few weeks.
That doesn’t imply Walker received’t be on a minutes restriction for the close to future. Stevens reiterated that the group will restrict Walker’s motion when the seeding video games of the NBA’s schedule get underway later this week, a lot to the chagrin of Walker.
“I might love to simply be like, ‘You recognize what? I don’t care about no minutes restriction or something of that nature.’ However clearly I can’t,” Walker mentioned Sunday. “I’ve acquired to be sensible about issues. At this level, it simply is what it’s.
“I need to be there for my teammates after we’re within the playoffs,” he urged. “Hopefully by then, the restrictions and issues of that nature are fully off.”