Kemba Walker is set to make his long-awaited season debut on Sunday when the Boston Celtics take on the New York Knicks.
Walker has been rehabbing a left knee injury since October, when he received a stem cell injection to address an issue that had been bothering him since way back in the NBA’s playoff bubble. Sunday was the first time all season that the Celtics listed Walker as available.
Kemba Walker available to make his season debut against the Knicks today, according to the Celtics.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) January 17, 2021
There were signs over a week ago that this day was coming. Walker was cleared to start practicing with the team on Jan. 8, and spent an hour as a full participant in Thursday’s practice. The Celtics listed him as questionable on Saturday.
Walker isn’t quite ready to go all out yet. Head coach Brad Stevens said on Sunday that he’ll be limited to 20 minutes against the New York Knicks.
#NEBHInjuryReport Brad Stevens says Kemba Walker's minute restriction will be about 20 minutes this afternoon.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 17, 2021
The Celtics have fared just fine without Walker. They’re 8-3 and currently the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference, at least by winning percentage. They’ve played 11 games, which is 2 or 3 fewer than most other teams in the NBA, due to several COVID-19 related postponements.
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