An MRI on Kemba Walker‘s left knee came back negative, but the Celtics guard will sit out tonight’s game against the Suns, tweets Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe. Coach Brad Stevens provided reporters with a pre-game medical update, saying Walker’s knee is still “very sore.”
“Kemba got ahold of our doctors last night and said he had some knee soreness,” Stevens said. “Went and got an MRI today, didn’t show anything structurally wrong, but very sore … I don’t get the impression it’s a long-term thing.” (video link from Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston)
Walker experienced some pain in the knee during preseason, but has missed just four regular season games, three of which were because of the flu. He underwent operations on the knee in 2016 and 2017 after suffering a torn meniscus while he was with the Hornets.
Walker is coming off one of his best games of the season, scoring 40 points Thursday in a loss at Milwaukee. He is averaging 22.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in his first season with the Celtics and is a strong contender for his fourth straight All-Star appearance.