October 15, 2019, 11:54 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Enes Kanter, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and Daniel Theis were all left back in Boston as the Celtics plan to rest most of their rotation guys for Tuesdays’s game against the Cavs.
The Celtics destroyed the Cavs on Sunday and are opting to give the night off to their starters as the season opener is just a week away. Tatum is actually battling an illness but the rest of the guys will just receive a maintenance day.
Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter
October 13, 2019, 7:00 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker returned from a one-game absence (sore knee) in Sunday's 118-72 thrashing of the Cavs, scoring 12 points with three triples in 16 minutes.
Walker is healthy and if nothing else it's good to know that the minor knee troubles are behind him. Consider him a viable pick at the end of the second round in all formats.
October 13, 2019, 1:23 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker (left knee soreness) will play in Sunday's preseason game after sitting out on Friday.
Walker went through Friday's shootaround and practiced on Saturday so clearly his injury is minor. Marcus Smart will move back to the bench.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
October 12, 2019, 6:27 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker (left knee soreness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Cavs.
Walker sat out of Friday's preseason game versus the Magic, but participated in shootaround leaving the notion that the soreness is not serious. If he is forced to sit out look for Marcus Smart to draw another start at point guard.
Source: NBA Injury Report
October 11, 2019, 5:41 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker (left knee soreness) will not play in Friday's preseason game with the Magic.
Walker went through shootaround but there's no need to push him through this minor injury. He'll be available to practice tomorrow and Marcus Smart will start in his place tonight.
Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter
October 10, 2019, 6:13 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker (left knee soreness) is questionable for Friday's game against the Magic.
Kemba is currently getting drafted in the second-third round in standard redraft leagues. The Celtics are likely being overly-cautious with their All-Star point guard. If Kemba ends up sitting out, Marcus Smart, Carsen Edwards and Romeo Langford could see more opportunity. It is worth noting that Langford is listed as probable with a groin injury.
Source: NBA Injury Report
September 23, 2019, 6:13 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker has recovered from a neck injury and will be a full participant in training camp for the Celtics.
Walker set a career high with 25.6 points per game last season for the Hornets before signing with the Celtics in July. That figure could decline slightly now that Walker has joined a more talented squad, but he is still worthy of a second round pick.
Source: Brian Robb on Twitter
September 14, 2019, 7:40 amDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell scored 16 points with 10 assists as US beat Poland 87-74 on Saturday to finish seventh place in the tournament.
Mitchell was an efficient 5-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 from downtown but the bigger story of course was USA's disappointing showing as this was only the second time that they finished outside the top-3 in the FIBA World Cup since 1978. Kemba Walker (neck), Jayson Tatum (ankle) and Marcus Smart (hand/quad/calf) all sat out the final game as they now have two weeks to rest before the start of training camp.
September 12, 2019, 1:34 pmMalik MonkSG, Charlotte Hornets
Coach James Borrego said that the Hornets' young guys are going to get an opportunity this year more than ever, whether it comes at the NBA level or G-League.
The entire article is worth the read as Borrego dives into a multitude of topics and what he expects from this season. With the Hornets entering a transition year after losing Kemba Walker, it seems the team will be committed to youth and development. That is a promising outlook for players like Malik Monk, Dwayne Bacon, P.J Washington and Willy Hernangomez.
Source: Charlotte Observer
September 7, 2019, 10:50 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell led US past Greece 69-53 on Saturday to remain undefeated at 4-0.
Walker finished with a team-high 15 points to go with four rebounds and six assists while Mitchell had 10 points, five rebounds, three assists, one block and a steal. Jaylen Brown and Harrison Barnes also had solid all-around lines and Marcus Smart returned to action after missing the previous game with a quad strain. Giannis Antetokounmpo led Greece with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go with 13 rebounds, two steals, a block and a triple as Greece needs to beat the Czech Republic by at least 12 points on Monday to advance to the next round of the tournament, assuming the US will beat Brazil as well.
September 5, 2019, 1:39 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker scored 15 points and added eight assists, a block and three treys as the U.S. coasted to a 43-point victory against Japan on Thursday.
After narrowly losing to Turkey on Tuesday, Team USA bounced back in a massive way by almost doubling up their opponents. Donovan Mitchell and Joe Harris pitched in with 10 points each while Harrison Barnes scored 14 with eight rebounds.
September 3, 2019, 11:33 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker shot just 5-of-14 en route to 14 points, six rebounds, seven assists and three steals, as Team USA needed overtime to beat Turkey 93-92 on Tuesday.
Kemba played a team-high 32 minutes and made some key plays down the stretch as US struggled against Turkey. Myles Turner and Joe Harris had 11 points each while Donovan Mitchell struggled with just nine points on 3-of-12 from the floor.
September 1, 2019, 11:04 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker lead the charge in Team USA's 88-67 win over the Czech Republic, scoring 13 points on six-of-eight shooting to go along with four assists.
Over the course of the summer Walker has shown that this is his team, and he continued that trend in what was Team USA's first consequential game of the tournament. Fellow Celtics teammate Jayson Tatum contributed 10 points as well, and the two players seem to be developing early chemistry with one another.
August 24, 2019, 8:58 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker scored 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting with four rebounds with two assists as USA Basketball had it's 78-game winning streak in tournament and exhibition games snapped on Saturday.
Walker continues to assert himself as the team's best player but USA losing to Australia was the much bigger story in this one. Harrison Barnes also played well as he chipped in 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go with six rebounds. USA will take on Canada on Monday in their last exhibition before taking on the Czech Republic in the first official match of the tournament on September 1.
August 22, 2019, 3:27 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Team USA has named Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart and Donovan Mitchell as captains for the FIBA World Cup.
Congratulations to Mitchell, Walker and Smart on the tremendous honor of being named captains for the USA men's team. This won't have any impact on their upcoming fantasy seasons, but it is a major accomplishment nonetheless. Team USA has an exhibition rematch against Team Australia on Saturday.