Kemba Walker jokes about not getting late call in Celtics’ loss to Nets
After an emotional game for the Boston Celtics at home against the Kyrie Irving-less Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, the Celtics re-matched with their Atlantic Division rival on Friday evening on the road, losing by five points.
However, starting point guard Kemba Walker was not thrilled with a perceived poor non-call by the officials late in the game.
Kemba Walker on the late layup where he thought he was fouled: "The ref said I created all the contact, which is probably right. I mean, I complain all the time, so I can’t be mad at him."
— Tom Westerholm (@Tom_NBA) November 29, 2019
Walker joined the Celtics in the offseason in a sign-and-trade with the Charlotte Hornets, sending the longtime Hornets floor general to Beantown after Boston lost Irving to the Nets.
Despite losing to the Nets two days after defeating them at home, Walker was glib and joked that he is not upset with the lack of down-the-stretch foul call that would have sent him to the free throw line. After all, he is normally the beneficiary of such contact.
Walker scored 17 points and dished out six assists in the road loss, shooting just 31.6 perceny from the field. Meanwhile, Irving remains out for the Nets with a shoulder injury, which should sideline him in his team’s upcoming matchup with the Miami Heat, too.
Irving’s replacement, backup point guard Spencer Dinwiddie, continues to shine. The veteran guard won the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week last week and scored 32 points along with chipping in 11 dimes in Friday’s victory over the Celtics, keeping Brooklyn in a good place while Irving recuperates.
The Celtics stay in New York to visit the Knicks on Sunday in a matinee matchup.