Boston Celtics head coach Brad Steven has confirmed that an MRI on Kemba Walker's knee revealed no structural damage. However, the All-Star point guard has been ruled out of Saturday's home game against the Phoenix Suns as he's still dealing with some soreness on his left knee.
Moreover, prior to tip-off, Stevens said he doesn't believe Walker's injury will be a “long-term thing.”
"Kemba got ahold of our doctors last night and said he had some knee soreness. Went and got an MRI today, didn’t show anything structurally wrong, but very sore … I don’t get the impression it’s a long-term thing."
— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) January 18, 2020
Walker has been playing phenomenal for the Celtics this season, averaging 22.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists while shooting 44.2 percent from the field, 38.8 percent from the 3-point line and 86.5 percent from the charity stripe.
The 26-year-old has been a key reason why the Celtics have an astonishing record of 27-13. He has missed three games at the beginning of January with flu-like symptoms; however, Boston still managed to go 2-1 without him.
Walker has been a tremendous replacement for Kyrie Irving, who left the Beantown team this past offseason. Walker signed a four-year, $141M maximum contract to join the Celtics last summer.
Also included in the Celtics' injury list is Jaylen Brown, who has also been ruled out on Saturday because of a sprained left thumb. He has been a solid playmaker this season, averaging a career-best 20.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
The Celtics will have to rely on their young core to beat the 11th-seeded Suns. Jayson Tatum, who is averaging a career-best 24.1 points, will be tasked to carry the offensive load left by Walker and Brown.
Boston is currently third in the Eastern Conference despite losing five of the last seven games. However, they will certainly need their point guard Kemba Walker to return as soon as possible if they want to solidify their position in the standings.