Celtics guard Kemba Walker’s knee is in need of some rest. Here’s the Boston Herald today:
Kemba Walker, who had been on a minutes restriction prior to last Sunday’s NBA all-star game, pushed through that barrier with a 29-minute appearance, after also playing well beyond the restriction with 46 minutes in the Celtics’ double-overtime win over the Clippers on Feb. 13.
And now, after the Celtics guard had to have his swollen knee drained this week, load management appears to be back in place. He’ll miss tonight’s game against the Timberwolves after also taking an anti-inflammatory injection, though Brad Stevens stressed at this morning’s shootaround that Walker is not expected to miss a long stretch of time.
If the Celtics could do this past week over again, Kemba wouldn’t have played in the All-Star game. But what’s done is done. Fortunately, he should be back in action soon. The question is, at what strength. Every player’s knees, and certainly those belonging to a star point guard, need to be at 100 percent for the playoffs. Which don’t begin until mid April. So that’s not a concern for right now. But here’s hoping we aren’t discussing this a few weeks from now.