Kemba Walker scored 26 points on 8-of-20 shooting including a game-winning step-back three with the Celtics ahead by two points and Jayson Tatum trapped. Kemba got his shot free, hit another and-one at the basket as part of his big finishing month while continuing to be a ball-mover and pace-pusher.
Walker has been used more as a playmaker during Boston’s recent six-game win streak. He has struggled shooting the ball, so he has been forced to find new ways to contribute. However, with Jaylen Brown sidelined, Walker was forced to step up into a larger role.
His effective shooting performance gives Boston fans hope that he can be a legitimate third scoring option for the Celtics come playoff time. They will need his leadership, energy, and scoring spark if they hope to make a deep playoff run.
Is Walker officially back? Is it still worth considering trading him in the offseason? The Garden Report debates Kemba’s value to Boston as he continues to improve and progress past his injury, playing 38 minutes in the win vs the Warriors.