Kemba Walker speaks out on first deep playoff run as Celtics loses 4-2 vs. Heat
Though Kemba Walker’s first Conference Finals appearance was cut short by the Miami Heat, the Boston Celtics guard learned some great things that he’ll carry with him as he moves forward with his team.
In their series with the Heat, the Celtics blew several leads which eventually led to losses. Walker knows this for a fact. But he also acknowledges that this crop of Celtics players still has a lot to learn.
“We need to learn how to keep and maintain leads. But it’s our first year together. This is a good group. We’re going to have some time to grow.”
Kemba Walker: "We need to learn how to keep and maintain leads. But it's our first year together. This is a good group. We're going to have some time to grow."
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) September 28, 2020
Prior to joining the Celtics last offseason, Kemba Walker spent his first eight years in the league with the Charlotte Hornets. He led the franchise to two playoff appearances, both of which ended in the first round.
But in his first year with the Celtics, they made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals. This is something new for the 30-year-old guard. And he learned some new things from this year’s playoff campaign:
“How much each possession matters. How much things change from game to game,” Walker said, per Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports.
Celtics fans are mighty disappointed that their team’s road to the NBA Finals was stonewalled by the Heat. They would’ve met their archrivals Los Angeles Lakers.
But as Walker said, the young Celtics squad can only get better with time. They made a lot of mistakes in the playoffs. And these failures will make them better.