Brad Stevens passes along good news regarding Kemba Walker

Ryan Hannable
July 16, 2020 - 8:08 am
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Celtics guard Kemba Walker hasn't practiced with his teammates in Orlando due to discomfort in his knee, and didn't again Wednesday.

But, according to coach Brad Stevens, it's not cause for concern.

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“They’ve got him on a one-day off, one-day on plan,” Stevens told reporters Wednesday. “He did a lot of running yesterday, shooting. He’s shooting a little bit right now. He’s reacted great, his knee feels good, and that’s a good thing.”

Stevens seemed to downplay the concern over Walker's status.

“It wasn’t anything major,” he said. “I understand why the questions are about him. We feel good about progress he’s made, we feel good about the fact he’s having no pain, we feel good about the fact he’s accumulating strength. Strength is the number one thing. We’ve got to make sure he feels as good as possible because the toll, the physical toll of playing these seeding games and the playoffs, especially when you go every other day for the most part, is going to be significant on guys who are playing major minutes, so that’s a huge part of it.”

He added: “He’s really prioritizing accumulating strength in that knee, so the day-on, day-off thing will be in effect for awhile. Any discomfort early, our training staff put a plan in place, and I’m just following it. Whatever’s best for Kemba is obviously best for us.”

The All-Star had his left knee drained and received Synvisc injections to help calm down swelling and soreness a few months back, which caused him to miss 10 games prior to the league's shutdown.

Boston will return to action July 31 against the Bucks.

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