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Kemba Walker claims Celtics’ slow starts fall on his shoulders

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Kemba Walker and the Boston Celtics are 4-1 on the young season.

However, the Celtics are struggling to get off to fast starts and have had to climb out of deep holes frequently.

Walker says the Celtics’ slow starts ultimately fall on his shoulders since he’s the floor general of the team:

“I have to be better at just setting the tone, especially as one of the leaders of the team,” Walker said, via John Karalis of Mass Live. “I’ve just got to find a way to get my guys ready to start the game early on. Even me. It starts with me a lot. I have to have better starts, as well.”

The Celtics are shooting 36.1 percent from the field in the first halves of games, averaging 47 points. That’s not good enough for a team which is looking to make some noise this season in the Eastern Conference.

The good news is that Boston is finding its groove in the second half. Against elite teams, though, the Celtics have to play 48 minutes of sound basketball.

Through five games, Walker is averaging 26.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists. The three-time All-Star is shooting 40.0 percent from the field, 37.0 percent from beyond the arc and 92.7 percent from the free-throw line.