Kemba Walker to make 2020-21 season debut vs. Knicks
Tacko Fall (Left Ankle Sprain) – QUESTIONABLE
Daniel Theis – AVAILABLE
Kemba Walker – AVAILABLE
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 17, 2021
The Celtics injury report indicated that Walker is available, alongside center Daniel Theis. Meanwhile, Tacko Fail is questionable due to a left ankle sprain.
Walker’s season debut has been on the horizon for quite a while now after Boston upgraded his status to questionable a couple of days ago. The 6-foot-1 guard had a stem-cell injection in his left knee in early October. The procedure put the 2011 no. 9 overall pick on a 12-week strengthening program that should help him stay on the court for the rest of the season.
Boston head coach Brad Stevens said that he intends to play the former UConn Husky for roughly 20 minutes, Tim Bontemps of ESPN reports. The minutes restriction is understandable as the Celtics look to ease Walker back into game shape.
Brad Stevens says Kemba Walker will play around 20 minutes today. Says they just want him to be himself, and that Walker – understandably – is excited to play. Says he's done "very little" as far as full practices with Boston.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) January 17, 2021
The Celtics have started the season strong despite not having their floor general out there. They currently sit atop the Eastern Conference with an 8-3 record.
Recently, however, Boston was struck with a COVID-19 outbreak within the team. Three of their games last week were postponed to another date. They only made their return to action on Friday, which fortunately yielded a positive result in a 124-97 win over the Orlando Magic.
Unfortunately, the Celtics will still be without star forward Jayson Tatum, as well as Carson Edwards and Robert Williams on Sunday, as they are still out due to the NBA’s health and safety COVID-19 protocols. Nevertheless, Boston must be elated that Walker is healthy once again after beginning the first month of the 2020-21 campaign without him.