Kemba Walker reacts to dreadful Boston debut
Kemba Walker had an underwhelming debut in Boston Celtics green, posting only 12 points with two rebounds and two assists in a 107-93 season-opening loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Walker shot a futile 4-of-18 from the floor, haunted by a long Sixers’ defense that made the 6-foot point guard struggle through the course of the game.
The Bronx native didn’t feel out of his groove though, noting he just missed shots that he normally takes:
“Tough night for many of us. But me personally, I just wish I could have done a lot more to play better for these guys,” said Kemba Walker after the game, according to Jay King of The Athletic.
“I thought I got my shots, the shots I normally take. I feel like I got to my spots, I just missed.”
Last night’s game was only the seventh time in Walker’s career in which he made only four shots on 18 or more attempts. Walker had to match up against the long arms of opposing point guard Ben Simmons, who towers over him at 6-foot-10, not to mention Josh Richardson, a three-and-D specialist that joined the team as part of the sign-and-trade that sent Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat.
Furthermore, rookie Matisse Thybulle hounded Walker for most of his 22 minutes on the floor, getting steals and deflections that mired a poor night for the Celtics’ new point guard. It can only go up from here for Walker, who will have to establish himself as the leader and top scorer for the Celtics to have a puncher’s chance at making waves in the playoffs.