After Kemba Walker fell to the floor in a heap Friday night against the Denver Nuggets, not many would have predicted the All-Star guard to be on the mend so soon .
But Walker was back at the team’s shoot around Wednesday morning and all signs point to Walker playing in tonight’s tilt against the Brooklyn Nets.
#NEBHInjuryReport Kemba Walker said that he feels good and has no issues with his head or neck. However, he did not say for sure that he will play tonight.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 27, 2019
Walker discussed what was going on in his mind as the frightening scene unfolded with him laying motionless and having to be stretchered off the court.
“It was a scary moment for myself,” Walker told John Karalis of Mass Live and the other assembled media. “When I was in the moment it was pretty tough to be in, obviously. I know it was scary for everybody. It was tough but thank God I’m OK and it wasn’t as bad as it looked.”
Walker added: “They told me to stay on the ground. I definitely felt like I could’ve got up. I was just nervous when my fingers went really numb.”
Walker, who ended up be diagnosed with a neck sprain, said the numbness he experienced in his fingers “went away pretty fast.” Walker passed all the follow-up concussion protocol tests, and when it came to a decision to play in Monday’s 103-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings, the C’s left it up to Walker and he decided to sit out.
Kemba Walker said he’s feeling good. Said it was a scary moment. He had a bit of numbness in his fingers but “it went away pretty fast.”— Jay King (@ByJayKing) November 27, 2019
“Just thought it was the best decision just to take at least one game,” Walker said.
Walker’s absence from the contest versus the Kings snapped his streak of 158 games consecutively played, a mark that wasn’t lost on Walker, who has demonstrated his competitiveness ever since becoming a Celtic.
“I was pissed about that,” Walker said. “I’m not gonna lie. I was really pissed about that. I wanted to play. I wanted to keep the streak alive. I can’t lie, I was pissed. But I guess it was gonna happen at some point.”