The team announced on Friday that the Celtics all-star point guard Kemba Walker has been allowed to practice. Coach Brad Stevens said Walker’s troublesome left knee has been painless for more than a month.
For Boston, Walker’s left knee has been an ongoing problem, dating back to January 2020. In the weeks leading up to the All-Star Game last year, he had been dealing with recurring discomfort in his knees. Then, after playing for a long time in the Chicago midfield show, he struggled before the league closed in March due to COVID-1
Then, when the team resumed practice in late June, Walker said he felt further discomfort in his knees, which caused the Celtics to play the team’s seed game in the NBA bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. , He is strictly limited to minutes.
After a heavy playoff game, Walker performed well in the first round against the Philadelphia 76ers, and then faced more confrontations with the Toronto Raptors and the Miami Heat. He and the team agreed. Let him continue the 12-week strengthening plan, try to improve the long-term condition of his left knee in early October, and give him a knee injection.
Last month, the team stated that it would update Walker’s status in the first week of January. Now that there is a question, the question will move to when Walker is ready to make his debut this season.
Stevens said that he appreciates Walker’s willingness to take the time to keep his knees in the right shape, instead of pointing out that his ability is below his own. Walker has earned a good reputation because of his willingness to endure injuries. In the first eight years after joining the Charlotte Hornets, he rarely sat down.
Stevens said: “Thank Kemba for saying:’I have to make this thing stronger, and I have to make sure that I am ready to go through a season, and then, if we are lucky, enter the playoffs.” “But he with [strength coach Jace Delaney] Developed an offensive plan with Phil Coles very well, and hoped that he would come back soon.
“But we will not be in a hurry. We will see how this is done and everything else.”
At the same time, after center Robert Williams III tested positive for COVID-19, Boston will have to cope with a significant exhaustion of the frontcourt, while fellow bigs Grant Williams and Tristan Thompson are excluded because Contact tracing based on the Alliance’s Health and Safety Agreement.
In this way, Boston has only two big men: starter Daniel Theis (Daniel Theis) and Taco has a double contract with Tacko Fall (Tacko Fall).
Stevens said: “Well, obviously, we will only be limited by the number of players in that position. In the next few games, we will basically have two big men in our lineup.” In this way. I think the biggest worry for me is that when we sometimes play small games, it is really small. This is the challenge, right? We have to make sure we mix and match, and whenever possible, we can. Keep our wings deep on the floor, at least two pairs on our wings.
However, after retiring from Boston with a sprained ankle in the past two games, Boston will have experienced point guard Jeff Teague, as well as guard Javonte Green, who has missed four Boston road trips due to health and safety regulations.
Stevens said that although the depth of the team has obviously been hit due to the current agreement, he believes in what the league is doing and how it is dealing with the virus.
Stevens said: “Whenever there is any concern, the NBA will carry out an extremely detailed plan.” “They basically regained the time of the past few days and spent time together. And I know they are with each other. All teams do this. For the employees who are responsible for all our agreements and comply with all agreements and all work, this is a difficult and arduous task. They are experts. I listen to their voices and they tell me what we can do and What can’t be done.
Scott Brooks responded to Stevens’ belief in the right handling of the league and added that Russell Westbrook played against the Celtics He performed well in the game, and the latter lost the finger of his right hand in Washington’s loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday.