Sunday, July 12, 2020

Celtics held Kemba Walker out of team's first 'hard practice'

The Celtics continued their plan to move slowly when it comes to Kemba Walker and his left knee, as the All-Star guard was held out of practice on Sunday.

Walker watched from the sidelines while the Celtics had their first "hard practice" since the team arrived at the Disney World bubble Wednesday night.

Brad Stevens spoke about the team's plan of getting Walker into the best shape physically for the playoffs. The Celtics coach was pleased with what he saw even without his starting point guard and gave high praise to his rookies, especially Tremont Waters.

Stevens admitted on Saturday that Walker would "most likely" be put on a minutes restriction when the Celtics tip-off their eight "seeding games" schedule against the Milwaukee Bucks on July 31, so there won't be any setbacks come the postseason.

Walker in his first campaign with the Celtics after signing a four-year, $141 million deal last summer, is averaging 21.2 points, 4.9 assists and 4.1 rebounds. Despite being one the league's more durable players, the 30-year-old has missed 14 games this season - mostly due to draining his left knee.

The Celtics will practice again Monday before having a day off on Tuesday.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of The Associated Press

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