Celtics’ Brad Stevens plays down concerns over Kemba Walker, Enes Kanter’s injuries
It was a great night for the Boston Celtics as they managed to snap their losing streak against the Philadelphia 76ers. However, there are concerns about the condition of key players Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter. Brad Stevens assured worried fans that there’s nothing to worry about when it comes to their star players.
Both Walker and Kanter had to sit out of the team’s 116-95 triumph over the 76ers, prompting the press to ask about the condition of the two after the game. The Boston head coach clarified that the condition of the two shouldn’t make fans worry that much.
Stevens shared positive news about Kanter’s hip injury, and he thinks the center should be back in the Celtics rotation sooner rather than later.
“I think he’s pretty close. But I thought the other day when I saw him moving it was probably unlikely. Today he looked a little bit better but still out.”
Walker is the one with a more serious injury as his knee still kept him out of the game. However, Keith Smith of Yahoo! Sports reported Steven’s confidence of Kemba returning to the starting lineup soon.
Brad Stevens said he views Kemba Walker being out as a “short-term thing”. Stevens also said that Robert Williams is progressing well.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) February 1, 2020
Moreover, Celtics fans should be delighted that their team managed to overcome a tough Sixers roster without their star player. Jaylen Brown did a fantastic job covering for Kemba with his 32 points, nine rebounds, one assist, and two steals. Jayson Tatum chipped in with his 25 points, three rebounds, four assists, a steal, and a block. Marcus Smart was a solid floor general with 16 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals to his name.
With a Celtics roster performing like this, Kanter and Walker can focus more on keeping themselves healthy and not rush the recovery process. The last thing they want to do is extend their time out of the team.