The Boston Celtics are well on their way to making the playoffs. Since they have a pretty comfortable cushion in the standings, the coaching staff could potentially rest All-Star guard Kemba Walker as he tries to recover from a knee injury.
Walker had his knee drained of fluid earlier this week. He sat out on Friday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves, which was the first game for the Celtics since the All-Star break.
Even though Boston has an important showdown with the Los Angeles Lakers this Sunday, it doesn't sound like the team is in a hurry to rush Walker back on the court. Head coach Brad Stevens shed some light on Walker's situation, saying "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."
Resting up for the playoffs is something that Walker isn't familiar with. The Charlotte Hornets needed him on the floor every game just to have a chance to win. The Celtics, on the other hand, have plenty of talent to keep stacking wins.
When asked about the possibility of resting his knee for the playoffs, Walker said "I haven’t really had to do that much over the years and think like that over the years."
All signs point to Walker missing tomorrow's showdown between the Celtics and Lakers.
Walker is averaging 21.8 points and 5.0 assists per game.
The Celtics are going to need Walker at full strength if they're going to win the Eastern Conference.