Kemba Walker misses second straight practice in Orlando, should we be concerned?

Ryan Hannable
July 14, 2020 - 8:48 am

The Celtics are gearing up for the NBA restart with practices in Orlando, but for the last few days they have been without Kemba Walker.

Walker missed his second straight practice Monday following experiencing “a little bit of discomfort” in his left knee after workouts in Boston, according to Celtics coach Brad Stevens. 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.

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So, should the Celtics be concerned?

According to Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix on Dale & Keefe Monday, not really.

“Kemba has been on his own for so long, and nobody has played 5-on-5, but I think with that type of injury, that was a nagging injury that just lingered for so long. They want to make sure there’s no reaggravation there," he said. "He will be on a minute restriction I would guess for maybe the first four or five games, but once we get to the tail end of the regular season, certainly into the playoffs, you’re going to see Kemba Walker ready to roll — 35-40 minutes a game if he has to.

"It would take a reaggravation of that injury to force Kemba out of that type of minutes load. I just don’t see it happening. I think he’s going to be just fine once they get through the first four or five games of the season.”

The Celtics are set to resume play July 31 against the Bucks.

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