Walker delivered 14 points (6-15 FG, 2-7 3Pt), two assists and a steal across 27 minutes in Wednesday's loss against the Spurs. Walker remains on a minutes restriction and it's clear he hasn't been able to shake off all the rust. He has scored in double digits in four straight games and has reached that feat in all but one contest since his season debut. He is shooting 42.2 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three-point range, though, and both marks would be their worst of their last six seasons. He should post better numbers as he keeps playing, though, and the potential is there for him to become a more valuable fantasy asset as the season progresses.
Coach Brad Stevens indicated Walker remains on a minutes restriction and won't break the 30-minute mark in the next few weeks. The Celtics have also indicated the 30-year-old isn't expected to play both ends of any back-to-back sets this season, as the team continues to express caution with the veteran guard. Walker is averaging 23.8 minutes through his first four games of the season and should continue to slowly ramp up his workload, but he won't crack 30 minutes for the foreseeable future if Stevens is true to his word.
Walker is unlikely to play in the second half of back-to-backs "probably the whole year," Brian Robb of BostonSportsJournal.com reports. To rest the problematic knee Walker has been dealing with since last year, the Celtics will opt not to put extra pressure on him by playing him in back-to-backs. Fantasy managers need to keep the situation in mind when deciding whether to start Walker in any given week. He's looked good when he's played so far, averaging 17.0 points on 14.0 shots while dishing out 4.8 assists in just 23.5 minutes per game.
Walker will be rested for Monday's game against the Bulls, Jay King of The Athletic reports. With the Celtics on the second night of a back-to-back set, Walker will take a seat in an effort to ease the strain on his knees, which caused him to miss the first few weeks of the season. In Sunday's blowout win over the Cavs, Walker saw 24 minutes of action and finished with 21 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and three three-pointers.
Walker had 19 points (8-16 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five assists, three rebounds and three steals across 28 minutes in Friday's 122-110 loss to the Sixers. Walker's production on offense was similar to that of what he gave Wednesday (19 points, six assists). Unlike his previous performance, Walker was inefficient from the three-point line (1-7 3Pt) but more effective defensively (three steals). Walker's consistency remains an issue but should improve as he adjusts to this young season.
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