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Kemba Walker injury: Celtics want to make sure he returns ‘for good’


#December 29, 2020 | 6:29 PM

#Kemba #Walker still doesn’t have a timeline to return to #Celtics’ lineup as he recovers from a stem-cell injection in his left knee.

#Walker received the experimental treatment in early #October. #Prior to the season, he told reporters the injection “definitely calmed my knee down a lot.”

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#Brad #Stevens, asked about #Walker’s progress prior to #Boston’s game against the #Indiana #Pacers on #Tuesday, said the team’s goal is to keep #Walker available long-term rather than just getting him back as soon as possible.

“No update that I’ve received, other than that he’s progressing,” #Stevens said. “I think we’ll have a better idea or a big picture update in the next week sometime — as we thought, right around the turn of the new year. #He won’t be back anytime soon. #Certainly we’re hopeful to get him back as soon as possible, but we want to make sure that when we do it’s for good. #That’s the most critical thing from our standpoint.”

The #Celtics’ starters — in a minuscule sample size — have been shelled this season. #Opponents have outscored the combination of #Jaylen #Brown, #Jayson #Tatum, #Marcus #Smart, #Daniel Theis, and #Tristan #Thompson by more than 26 points, according to #Cleaning the #Glass.

The #Celtics can improve in a lot of ways before #Walker returns, but getting him back could make a big difference.

“You can see how we miss him,” #Stevens said. “It’s funny, when we go back and put together clips of things we haven’t covered, or would like to do different, he’s in all of them. #We just have to figure out a way to be the best version of ourselves until he gets back. #That starts with being a little better defensively, then getting as good shots as we can.”

#Earlier this month, #Walker said he would take his time returning from the injury.

“There’s no rush,” #Walker said. “There’s no rush on my end. I’m coming back when I need to come back, and when I’m feeling good to play. #So that’s it. #This is, I haven’t really been a guy who has been hurt over the course of my career. #So, this sucks, but I also love the game of basketball, and I want to play at a high level in front of the fans who come to watch this game. #So I want to be at my best.

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“The last time in the playoffs, I wasn’t at my best, and that sucked. I don’t want to be that way no more.”

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