August 11, 2020, 9:11 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker posted a line of 19 points (7-for-10 FG, 2-for-5 3PT), three assists and four rebounds in 28 minutes in a win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday evening.
Walker was effective and did all he needed to do with the Celtics in control from the get-go on Tuesday. They have rested Walker on one occasion already in Orlando and it wouldn't be surprising to see it happen again prior to the playoffs. Taking down the Bucks is going to be a tall order for other teams in the Eastern Conference.
August 7, 2020, 11:39 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker (rest) logged 23 minutes in his return to action on Friday, helping the Celtics blow out the Raptors 122-100 with 17 points (6-of-14 shooting), three rebounds, four triples and four assists.
Walker's minutes are still being managed and monitored closely by the Celtics' medical staff as they keep a close eye on his aching knee. He was supposed to be allotted a max of 30 minutes tonight, but the Celtics had this one in the bag early and there was no need to push their star point guard. Marcus Smart took an expected hit with Walker's return, recording just two points, two rebounds, five assists and two steals on 1-of-8 shooting.
August 7, 2020, 8:20 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker (rest) will return Friday against the Raptors but he will be limited to 30 minutes of action.
Walker sat out last game because it was the Celtics' second leg of a back-to-back set and evidently won't play quite as much as he usually does. That being said, he has yet to even log 30 minutes in a game yet in the bubble. Overall, Walker has averaged 31.3 minutes per game during the 2019-20 season. Carsen Edwards seems likely to benefit with a few extra minutes on Friday evening. The Celtics' playoff position is essentially set in stone so it makes plenty of sense for them to get their starters some rest before the playoffs begin.
Source: Keith Smith on Twitter
August 5, 2020, 8:42 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Brad Stevens said on Tuesday night that Kemba Walker will not play on Wednesday on the second night of a back-to-back.
This make sense as the Celtics are still managing Kemba’s minutes, trying to keep him as fresh as possible for the playoffs. Brad Wanamaker and Carsen Edwards project to be the main beneficiaries from Walker’s absence while the All-Star guard should be back in the next game.
Source: Celtics PR on Twitter
August 4, 2020, 11:31 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker posted just 15 points in Tuesday's loss to the Heat, adding four assists in 27 minutes.
The Celtics weren't particularly good in any facet of the game on Tuesday, and Walker was no exception. He went 4-for-9 from the field, continuing the trend he experienced in the Celtics' first two games in Orlando, and all four of his makes were 3s. Walker is going to have to put up more stats if the Celtics want to have success in the bubble.
August 4, 2020, 5:31 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker will play, as expected, when the Celtics take on the Heat on Tuesday but will still have a minute restriction according to Brad Stevens.
Walker will have his playing time capped at 26 or 27 minutes on Tuesday, up from his previous limit of 22 minutes. His knee is obviously progressing well and barring no setbacks, he should be looking at getting back to his full allotment of playing time come the playoffs.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
August 2, 2020, 6:26 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker logged 22 minutes on Sunday but looked good in his time on the floor, going 5-of-6 from the field for 14 points, two threes and a block.
Walker has looked good despite his limited workloads so far and he was antsy to get back into the game in the fourth quarter even though he had already hit his minutes cap. His long-term health remains the priority, but we'd expect Walker's leash to lengthen in the next game, as it did for this one after he played well in the re-opener. One minor effect of Walker's improvement is that Brad Wanamaker (10 minutes, one assist) fell off the map after a solid game on Friday. Kemba remains a dicey fantasy option because of how little he's playing but is definitely headed in the right direction.
August 2, 2020, 1:52 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker will be limited to 17-23 minutes in Sunday's game with the Blazers.
Walker was capped at 20 minutes in the first game of the NBA bubble schedule on Friday and ended up playing 19. Boston's goal is to have Walker at full strength once the playoffs begin so he could be looking at a slow ramp up. Brad Wanamaker had a nice game on Friday but will continue to lose fantasy appeal as Walker's minutes cap rises. Neither should be viewed as a safe DFS play today given their likely time share.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
July 31, 2020, 9:50 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker (left knee soreness) was limited to 19 minutes in a start for the Celtics on Friday but was still effective as he put up 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting, one rebound, three triples, two assists and one block.
Considering the limited minutes, owners will take Walker's production tonight with a smile. He's going to be kept on a tight leash for these seeding games as the Celtics do their best to preserve him for the playoffs. He's more of a mid-round asset nowadays, a big drop from his top-25 production before his knee started acting up.
July 29, 2020, 7:25 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker is on track to play in Friday's game vs. the Bucks after participating in all of Wednesday's practice but will be limited to 20 minutes.
Brad Stevens told the media that he expected Walker to be available for 14-20 minutes for their first game of the Orlando bubble and this report makes it clear that his minutes will be capped at 20. Hopefully, Walker can increase his in-game workload to help those fantasy GMs that drafted him for the resumption season. Walker is not a viable option for DFS with this news. Brad Wanamaker, Javonte Green, Romeo Langford and Carsen Edwards all have a chance at more opportunity on Friday but none are viable fantasy options.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
July 29, 2020, 2:37 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Brad Stevens expects Kemba Walker (left knee) to play 14-20 minutes during Friday's game against the Bucks.
Stevens said that Walker's knee is feeling good, but he will be brought along slowly for precautionary reasons. Walker is expected to assume a full workload by the time the playoffs arrive. Brad Wanamaker, Javonte Green and Romeo Langford have seen expanded roles during scrimmage action.
Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter
July 28, 2020, 6:54 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum will not play on Tuesday night after being given the night off to rest according to Brad Stevens.
Tatum will join a host of others on the sideline for Tuesday's scrimmage against the Rockets. Along with Marcus Smart, Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker, Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter, the Celtics will be basically running their second and even third units all night. There is no reason to be concerned here and those targeting Tatum in drafts will still need to part with a first-round pick to secure his services.
Source: Chris Fosberg on Twitter
July 26, 2020, 4:06 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker made his first scrimmage appearance inside the NBA bubble on Sunday, putting up six points and a 3-pointer on 2-of-6 shooting in nine minutes of action against the Suns.
Walker looked to have his burst back, which is the most important thing. Brad Stevens reiterated after the game that the Celtics will keep Walker's minutes down throughout the team's seeding games, but Walker's limitations appear to be more precautionary than anything. Boston's priority is a deep playoff run and they won't jeopardize Walker's availability for that.
July 26, 2020, 1:16 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker (left knee) is in the starting lineup for Sunday's scrimmage.
Great news for Walker, who has been taking things slowly since the Celtics touched down in Orlando. His availability for the seeding games was never in doubt but it's good to see he's truly ready for action just the same. Expect his minutes to be monitored until the playoffs, which will limit his fantasy appeal.
Source: Boston Celtics on Twitter
July 26, 2020, 12:15 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker (left knee) may play on Sunday, with the Celtics set to determine his status after he goes through pregame warm-ups.
The Celtics have had Walker take every other day off from practice so he can rebuild strength in his left knee, but Brad Stevens said that the PG looks to have his burst back and that he's healthy enough to play. At this point, any days off for Kemba should be considered precautionary. He'll likely have his minutes limited during the seeding games but should be a full go for the playoffs.
Source: Jay King on Twitter