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Kemba Walker explains why he’s so clutch

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Kemba Walker has been a great addition to the Celtics’ starting rotation. The former UConn standout led the C’s to a 140-133 victory in Wednesday night’s matchup against the Washington Wizards, despite a 44-point effort from Bradley Beal. As a result, Boston is now carrying a league-best 9-1 record through their first 10 games.

Walker joined the Celtics this offseason, agreeing to the terms of a four-year, $141 million deal. Though it’s a small sample, he’s posting some of the best numbers of his career.

In his 10 appearances this season, Walker has racked up averages of 25.0 points on 42.2 percent shooting from the field (a career-high 44.4 percent from beyond the arc), 5.1 rebounds (also a career-high) and 4.6 assists in 33.8 minutes per outing.

Following Wednesday night’s game, Walker credited Celtics head coach Brad Stevens for his success in key moments. Walker had 11 points in the third but went a bit cold in the fourth. He did, however, knock down a big three-pointer with just over one minute remaining in the final frame.

“Just playing the game. Just the way the game is going sometimes, Brad is just calling my number,” Walker said, via NBC Sports. “Whenever he’s calling the plays for me, whatever’s my play, I’m just looking to be aggressive, make the right play. But my teammates do such a great job kind of stretching, getting me open, holding the screens. They know I like to pull up off the screens so they do a great job of just getting me open.”

Walker and the Celtics will kick off a five-game road trip on Friday night, when they’ll face the Golden State Warriors inside the Chase Center. Tip-off is set for 10:30 p.m. ET, with ESPN having live broadcast coverage.