After losing back-to-back games to the Miami Heat this past week, the Boston Celtics are locked in the play-in tournament. They will join the Charlotte Hornets, Indiana Pacers, and Washington Wizards as the other play-in teams from the Eastern Conference.
With Jaylen Brown out for the season with a wrist injury, the Celtics hopes of a championship run this season are all but over. On the bright side, Kemba Walker, who started the season injured and inconsistent, has been playing great recently.
Kemba Walker’s Season Overview
Despite averaging under 20 points per game for the first time in six seasons, Walker has seemingly embraced his new role with the Celtics. After missing the first 11 games of the season with a knee injury, Walker is averaging 19.3 points, 4.9 assists, and 4 rebounds per game on 49% shooting.
In Walker’s last seven games, he has four 30+ point games and is averaging 28 points on 50% shooting from the floor. These numbers are much higher than his season averages. With the end of the season nearing, the question remains: Will Walker continue this hot stretch into the playoffs, or fall back to his normal output?
Will Kemba Walker’s Hot Streak Be Enough?
In Boston’s current scenario, Walker may not have many playoff games to convince Celtics fans he is truly a plus to the team. The Celtics will need to make it out of the play-in tournament before reaching the daunting task of facing either the Brooklyn Nets or Philadelphia 76ers. Both teams would likely take the C’s down in the first round, leaving them with anywhere from four to seven playoff games.
Over those games, Walker should continue scoring and playing at a high level. Although it won’t matter this season, it could give the Celtics a gauge for next season and if Walker should remain with the team in one of the most important off-seasons in franchise history.
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