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8 Kemba Walker PG

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October 1, 2020 11:08 AM
Celtics' Kemba Walker: Not right but no surgery required
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker "was definitely not himself" physically during the postseason per general manager Danny Ainge but is not expected to require surgery, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.

Walker's points per game dropped from 20.4 in the regular season to 19.6 in the playoffs despite the fact that his minutes per game jumped from 31.1 to 36.9. The knee issue he dealt with throughout the bubble is likely to blame for his struggles, but the Celtics hope that rest is enough to fix the problem.

September 28, 2020 05:04 PM
Celtics' Kemba Walker: Unexceptional in season-ending loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker posted 20 points (7-15 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five assists and two rebounds in Sunday's season-ending Eastern Conference finals Game 6 loss to Miami.

Walker delivered a fine stat line, but it wasn't the kind of stellar performance the Celtics needed to avoid elimination. Over the six-game series, Walker averaged 19.7 points, 4.7 assists, 0.5 steals and 3.0 three-pointers while shooting 42.6 percent from the field, 80.0 percent from the free-throw line and 34.6 percent from behind the arc. None of those numbers are particularly bad, but they fell short of his regular-season averages -- never mind the All-Star performance the Celtics were hoping for when they signed Walker to a big four-year contract in July of 2019. Boston will now leave the bubble and focus on the 2020-21 season.

September 26, 2020 11:40 AM
Celtics' Kemba Walker: Part of third-quarter turnaround
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker posted 15 points (4-11, 3-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven assists, two rebounds and one steal over 28 minutes in Friday's 121-108 Eastern Conference finals Game 5 win.

Walker and most of the Celtics really struggled throughout the first half, especially in the first quarter. The veteran guard also battled foul trouble throughout most of the game. But Walker was a big part of a huge 41-point third quarter for Boston that was led by all five Boston starters. While Walker often deferred to Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown during the third quarter, he was demonstrably more emotional during the very important quarter. There are times when coach Brad Stevens rests Walker when Miami focuses on exploiting Walker's defensive shortcomings. But Walker often sets the tone and in the second half was a big part of picking up the pace. The Celtics are still down 3-2 in the series and will try to keep their season alive during Sunday's Game 6.

September 24, 2020 08:40 AM
Celtics' Kemba Walker: Makes three treys in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker notched 20 points (6-14 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 5-6 FT), five assists and four rebounds in 34 minutes during Wednesday's Game 4 loss against the Heat.

Walker has scored at least 19 points in each game of this series, and he's knocked down at least three triples for three straight contests. Walker is averaging 19.9 points per game while shooting 44.3 percent from the field during the current postseason run. He seems to have left behind the struggles he endured in the previous round against the Raptors, during which he averaged "only" 17.0 points per game while scoring 15 points or fewer three times in that seven-game series.

September 20, 2020 10:40 PM
Celtics' Kemba Walker: Shoots well in Game 3 win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker posted 21 points (8-16 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six rebounds and two assists in Saturday's 117-106 Eastern Conference finals Game 3 win over Miami.

Walker has now shot an impressive 48.6 percent from the field over Boston's last two playoff games after really struggling in his three previous contests. He's also drained four three-pointers in each of the past two games. With the return of Gordon Hayward (ankle), Walker and Jayson Tatum can focus less on ball handling and more on getting to preferred spots for their shot. The Celtics offense has been really effective in six of the team's last eight playoff quarters. Boston will strive to keep the positive momentum going Wednesday in Game 4. The Heat still maintain a two games to one lead in the series.

September 18, 2020 09:28 AM
Celtics' Kemba Walker: Scores team-high 23 points in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker finished with 23 points (9-19 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in Thursday's 106-101 loss to the Heat.

Walker finally found his shooting touch, leading his team in scoring. Unfortunately, that was not enough to get the Celtics over the line, and they now trail 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. Despite having three players with at least 20 points, the Celtics blew a 17-point lead and now face an uphill battle to get back into the series.

September 18, 2020 02:20 AM
Celtics' Kemba Walker: Returns to game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker left Thursday's game against the Heat with an apparent head injury but returned shortly thereafter, Tim Bontemps of reports.

Walker took an elbow to his head from teammate Marcus Smart and fell to the floor in pain. He took a quick visit to the locker room and then returned. It appears he'll be able to continue playing for the rest of the game.

September 16, 2020 11:52 AM
Celtics' Kemba Walker: Shooting woes continue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker labored to produce 19 points (6-19 FG, 1-9 3Pt, 6-7 FT), six assists, three rebounds and one block over 43 minutes in Tuesday's 117-114 Game 1 overtime loss to Miami.

Over his past three playoff games, the veteran point guard has shot 13-for-46 from the field and 3-for-22 from behind the arc. Despite this being Walker's ninth season, Tuesday marked only his 23rd career playoff game. Walker did hit a clutch step-back jumper to put Boston up one with less than 30 seconds to play. But he struggled during other clock-draining isolation plays in the fourth quarter. The Celtics will look to turn things around during Thursday's Game 2 matchup.

September 15, 2020 02:28 AM
Celtics' Kemba Walker: Knee healthy entering East finals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Brad Stevens said Monday that Walker's knee "feels great" heading into the Eastern Conference finals.

The All-Star's knees have been an on-and-off issue for much of the season, particularly prior to the shutdown; he missed eight games in February. Walker was on a soft minutes limit to begin seeding play in Orlando, but he quickly moved past the restrictions and has played a full workload -- and then some -- since midway through the Celtics' first-round series against Philadelphia. Walker has played at least 35 minutes in each of Boston's last nine games, topping out at 52 minutes in a double-overtime Game 6 loss to Toronto. While Walker struggled a bit to score against the Raptors, he'll be at full strength as the Celtics take on the Heat with a finals bid on the line.

September 12, 2020 12:20 PM
Celtics' Kemba Walker: Stuffs stat sheet in Game 7 win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker produced 14 points (5-16 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 3-5 FT), six rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block in 44 minutes of Friday's 92-87 Game 7 victory over the Raptors.

Walker's struggles from three-point range continued but that didn't stop the Celtics in this one. In fact, Walker proved to be one of the game's heroes, as he iced the win with a pair of free throws to give Boston a five-point lead with less than eight seconds remaining. The UConn product will look to get going from long range against Miami in the Eastern Conference finals beginning Tuesday night.

September 10, 2020 12:32 PM
Celtics' Kemba Walker: Only five points in double-OT loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker eked out five points (2-11 FG, 1-6 3Pt), seven assists and four rebounds in Wednesday's 125-122 double-overtime Game 6 loss to the Raptors.

This was easily Walker's worst shooting night of the playoffs, with the Raptors often utilizing a box-and-one defense that appeared to slow down the veteran guard. Walker has now shot 1-for-6 from behind the arc across the last three playoff games. He'll need to improve on that mark for Boston to get past Toronto in Friday's pivotal Game 7.

September 8, 2020 10:00 AM
Celtics' Kemba Walker: Scores 21 in blowout win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker contributed 21 points (8-15 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 4-5 FT), seven assists and four rebounds in Monday's Game 5 win over Toronto.

Walker contributed to a relatively poor shooting night from beyond the arc for the Celtics, but it didn't matter, as Boston put the clamps on Toronto defensively and jumped out to a 27-point lead by the half. Brad Stevens still played his starters into the fourth quarter, so Walker finished plus-23 in 36 minutes.

September 6, 2020 01:12 PM
Celtics' Kemba Walker: Nears double-double
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker finished with 15 points (4-9 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 6-7 FT), eight assists, two rebounds and a steal in 41 minutes during Saturday's Game 4 loss against the Raptors.

Walker was coming off a strong 29-point effort in Game 3, but he wasn't able to replicate that offensive output Saturday. Walker has scored 15 or more points in his eight playoff games so far, however, averaging 22.0 points and 5.0 assists while shooting 48.3 percent from the field in eight postseason contests to date.

September 4, 2020 04:44 PM
Celtics' Kemba Walker: Leads team in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker produced 29 points (9-15 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 7-7 FT), three rebounds, three assists and three steals in 39 minutes of Thursday's 104-103 Game 3 loss to Toronto.

Walker scored 17 of his points in the first quarter to set a new career high in a postseason quarter. Until the last half-second, it appeared he and his teammates had done enough to earn a 3-0 series lead, but they came up just short in the end. The 30-year-old is averaging 21.3 points in the three games so far.

September 1, 2020 09:08 PM
Celtics' Kemba Walker: Scores 17 despite shooting woes
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker notched 17 points (6-18 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 4-5 FT), six rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes during Tuesday's 102-99 Game 2 win over the Raptors.

Walker struggled with his shot all game long, but he still produced a decent fantasy output -- albeit based on volume and not efficiency. This was Walker's lowest scoring output of the entire playoffs though, as he has scored 20 or more points in three of six postseason contests thus far.

August 24, 2020 03:48 PM
Celtics' Kemba Walker: Leads team to Game 4 victory
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker amassed 32 points (8-15 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 12-13 FT), four rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal in 36 minutes during Sunday's 110-106 victory over the 76ers.

Walker continues to look as good as he has all year, torching the 76ers en route to eliminating them from the playoffs. After a season littered with injuries, Walker has now played at least 35 minutes in three of his last four games, with offensive production to match. With Gordon Hayward (ankle) out for at least another three weeks, Walker is going to have to maintain his current rhythm for the Celtics to get by the high-flying Raptors in their upcoming second-round series.

August 22, 2020 02:40 PM
Celtics' Kemba Walker: Scores team-high 24 points
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker recorded 24 points (10-20 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in 35 minutes during Friday's 102-94 Game 3 win over the Sixers,

Walker seems to be the biggest beneficiary of Gordon Hayward's absence due to an ankle injury, as he led the Celtics in scoring while attempting 20 field goals for the first time since Jan. 26. He's averaging 20.0 points per game in the current series against Philadelphia.

August 20, 2020 02:36 PM
Celtics' Kemba Walker: Puts up 22 against Sixers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker registered 22 points (8-16 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 5-5 FT), four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 26 minutes during Wednesday's 128-101 Game 2 win over the 76ers.

Through two playoff games, Walker has been excellent in his role as a secondary scoring threat for the Celtics, especially now that he's not playing under a minutes restriction. He needs to improve his long-range shooting, however, as he's just 1-for-10 on three-point attempts in the playoffs so far. With Gordon Hayward (ankle) out for several weeks at least, both Walker and Jaylen Brown could see a bump in usage rate (and thus fantasy production).

August 18, 2020 11:56 AM
Celtics' Kemba Walker: Scores 19 in Game 1 win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker posted 19 points (7-16 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT), five assists, one board, one steal and only one turnover over 35 minutes in Monday's 109-101 Game 1 win over the Sixers.

Walker contributed a quality veteran effort while youngsters Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum led the Celtics to victory. The pesky point guard had some key drives to the hoop when Boston was stumbling a bit from the outside. Walker's excellent ball security led a Boston effort that only gave up seven turnovers all game. Walker might be expected to increase his playmaking passes Wednesday if Gordon Hayward (ankle) and his 4.1 assists per game are forced to miss Game 2.

August 15, 2020 01:00 PM
Celtics' Kemba Walker: Good to go without restriction
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walker (knee) will play in Monday's playoff opener against the 76ers without any minute restrictions, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.

The Celtics successfully executed their plan of gradually increasing Walker's minutes since the NBA's restart and he will finally be unleashed for the playoffs. As a result, Marcus Smart could potentially see a little less usage, while Brad Wanamaker figures to see his minutes slightly decreased.

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