It is only a matter of time before Kemba Walker will join his teammates on the court and help the Boston Celtics plow through their competition once again.

Walker is nearing a return to the hardwood, per the Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach:

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Only a week away from Walker's potential return, Celtics players will be able to breathe a little easier now. Before being traded to Boston prior to last season, Walker averaged a career-high 25.6 points with the Charlotte Hornets, along with 5.9 assists and 4.4 rebounds. When he finally became a Celtics player, he continued to contribute on the offensive end when paired with offensive weapons Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, averaging 20.4 points, 4.8 assists, and 3.9 rebounds.

Walker remained consistent throughout the playoffs, as he averaged a solid 20.3 points per game. However, his playing time was limited due to a knee injury he suffered in the regular season. After leaving the bubble due to losing their series against the Miami Heat, Walker received a stem cell injection along with being put on a 12-week strengthening program.

With the Celtics losing Gordan Hayward to the Charlotte Hornets, the Celtics will need Walker back as soon as possible to help fill the void at the guard position. So far, Tatum, Brown, and Smart have done a terrific job of leading the Celtics to a 6-3 record.

The backcourt, consisting of Payton Pritchard and Jeff Teague, will only strengthen with Walker's return. As of right now, it will be the Celtics' priority to keep Walker healthy and guide him back into a return.