Kemba Walker survived a scary-looking injury during the second quarter of Friday's game against the Denver Nuggets after being stretchered off the court. The Boston Celtics floor general admitted he had a bit of numbness in his fingers but “it went away pretty fast,” according to Jay King of The Athletic.
“Thank God I’m OK and it wasn’t as bad as it looked,” said Kemba Walker, noting he could have played on Monday against the Sacramento Kings. “I’m ready to start playing again.”
Walker, who had played in 158 straight games — a feat that spanned back to the 2017-18 season — noted he was “pissed” his streak came to an end after missing Monday's game.
Injuries to the head and neck are always scary, and considering he was diagnosed with a “neck sprain” shortly after he underwent tests, it's surprising he wasn't forced to go under the league's concussion protocol.
Walker was scoreless during the first 12 minutes of action, which dropped his average to 21.1 points per game on the season. With the Celtics losing three of their last four games, it's likely he'll come out firing during a blockbuster matchup against the Brooklyn Nets, the new home of Kyrie Irving.
The Celtics have slid to third place in the East after leading the conference for the bulk of the season, but could look to regain that edge in a home-and-away against the Nets and a game against the New York Knicks before the end of the week.
Irving will miss Wednesday's tilt at the TD Garden, and Walker is a likely go, listed as probable for this matchup.