Kemba Walker is not a guy who misses games. In the last four seasons he has never missed more than three games.
After playing nearly 30 minutes in the All-Star Game last weekend, Walker had his knee drained of fluid this week, is on a course of anti-inflammatories, sat Friday night’s Boston win over the Timberwolves, and could be out a week or two as they try to get him healthy and rested headed into the playoffs.
Brad Stevens last night: “The only person we held back on (in practice) was Kemba, just because of all the time that he’s been on the court, so we’re just going to continue to be careful with that.” https://t.co/RjXc3Tl4RT
— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) February 20, 2020
The idea of getting a little rest heading into the playoffs if foreign to Walker. That didn’t happen in Charlotte, mostly because the Hornets couldn’t afford to sit him and still win. Boston is a much deeper roster.
Walker is trying to get used to the idea.
Kemba Walker is talking with staff about possibility of resting his knee in preparation for playoffs: "They’re putting it in my mind. I haven’t really had to do that much over the years and think like that over the years. So it is (a possibility)."
— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) February 22, 2020
Walker is averaging 21.8 points and five assists a game for Boston this season, and the Celtics are 8.4 points per 100 possessions better on offense when he is on the court, they shoot much better as a team, and the offense has a smoother flow.
If Boston is going to be the team in the East that is a threat to Milwaukee in the postseason, they will need every bit of Walkers’ skills. The smart move then is to get him healthy and do some load management down the stretch to make sure he is right.
Walker is just going to have to get used to it.