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Celtics star Kemba Walker‘s knee ‘is the strongest it’s been’ since beginning of season


Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens’ latest comments about point guard Kemba Walker and his ailing knee will surely get Celtics fans excited.

During an interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Zolak & Bertrand,” Stevens said Walker is doing very well down in Orlando, Florida.

“His knee is the strongest it’s been since he got here in September,” Stevens said, via NBC Sports Boston. “He has worked exceptionally hard over the last couple of weeks with a great training plan from our training staff.

“(He) will play limited minutes in the first few games with the idea of building him up — hopefully with no setbacks — to the point where he can play normal minutes in playoff games. Everything has been part of a plan. It’s trying to be more proactive than reactive.”

Before the 2019-20 season was suspended, Walker was averaging 21.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists for the Celtics. The 29-year-old was also shooting 42.1 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 86.7 percent from the free-throw line.

The Celtics have a 43-21 record with the seeding games set to start on Thursday. They are in third place in the Eastern Conference standings and will use the eight seeding games to prepare for the 2020 playoffs and knock off the rust that was created after such a long layoff.

Walker, who is in his first season with the Celtics, is looking forward to going on a deep playoff run this campaign. After all, the former Connecticut star never made it past the first round of the playoffs during his time with the Charlotte Hornets.