When will Kemba Walker first appear in games for Celtics?

Ryan Hannable
July 22, 2020 - 8:04 am
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Kemba Walker was active during the first hour of the Celtics' practice on Tuesday, but did not participate in any team scrimmages as the team takes it easy on his left knee that gave him issues prior to the league's shutdown.

Speaking to reporters via Zoom afterwards, coach Brad Stevens said the All-Star is unlikely to play in the scrimmage against the Thunder Friday, but the hope is after an evaluation Wednesday he will be able to participate in live action during Thursday's practice.

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"I don’t think he will play against Oklahoma City, even though he will practice the day before,” Stevens said. "But he’s pretty darn close right now.”

He added: “[Walker has] been [practicing] every day to some level in the last five days. Initially, we thought it would be more every other day. He’s felt great, he’s been able to add strength and those were the two things we needed to prioritize.”

Besides the Thunder on Friday, the Celtics will take on the Suns on Sunday and then the Rockets Tuesday before resuming the regular season against the Bucks Friday.

"I actually was a proponent of doing the college scrimmage where we would be in a closed gym and be able to kind of do it on our own terms and maybe be able to do an offensive segment and have more of a situational game,” said Stevens. "I think that, obviously, with television involved, it’s going to be more like a regular game. We’re only going to play our highest-minute guys for short stints in that first one. But everybody is going to approach it differently."

In regards to Walker, things seem to be trending in the right direction for him to be ready for the games that count next week.

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