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Celtics point guard Kemba Walker is ‘itching’ to get back to the playoffs

Kemba Walker, Celtics

Boston Celtics point guard Kemba Walker says he’s “itching” to get back to the playoffs.

Walker only made the postseason twice in his eight years with the Charlotte Hornets. One of the main reasons the All-Star guard signed with the Celtics is he feels Boston gives him the best opportunity to go on a deep playoff run.

“I’m itching. I’m looking forward to getting back to the playoffs,” Walker told Kyle Draper and Brian Scalabrine of NBC Sports Boston. “Like, I’ve only been there twice and the two times I’ve been it’s like the best time I’ve ever had playing basketball. Guys are just playing with so much intensity and passion. That’s what I wanna be a part of.”

The playoffs are when the best players in the game shine the brightest. It’s unfortunate Kemba Walker was never able to show his skills on the brightest stage in Charlotte that often, but that’s going to change now that he’s on the Celtics and with head coach Brad Stevens and forwards Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Gordon Hayward.

This past season, Walker was sensational. He averaged 25.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists while shooting 43.4 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 84.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Walker made the All-NBA third team. Celtics fans can’t wait to see Walker in a Boston uniform and lead the team on a deep playoff run in 2019-20.