Monday, March 2, 2020

Kemba Walker could return vs. Nets, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart status uncertain

The wait for Kemba Walker to return post All-Star break may be finally coming to an end, as the guard has been made available to possibly play Tuesday when the Celtics host the Brooklyn Nets.

Walker, who has missed the last five games with a sore left knee, went through a full practice today with no issues and or setbacks. The plan is to have the Celtics guard to return on a time restriction, if his knee continues to feel good come tomorrow.

The Celtics are going to be mindful of Walker's minutes going forward, especially with the postseason just around the corner, as they currently have the third best record in the Eastern Conference at 41-18, following their tough 111-110 overtime loss to the Rockets on Saturday night.

While the team continues to somewhat get healthy with Walker being the last on the injured list after Robert Williams III (hip) was officially cleared to play this past weekend, both Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart didn't practice on Monday due to illness, and their status for tomorrow's matchup against the Nets remains unknown.

Tatum wrapped up the month of February averaging 30.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and shot 48.1 percent from beyond the arc in 12 games.

While Smart, who has missed 11 games so far this season with a plethora of injuries (including illness), is putting up 12.9 points, 4.9 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game so far this season. 

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of CLNS Media

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