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Kemba Walker out vs. Phoenix Suns

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The Celtics won’t have Walker at their disposal against the Suns.

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Trying to snap a short two-game losing skid would be a lot easier if the Boston Celtics had their starting point guard available.

But Kemba Walker won’t play Saturday night versus the visiting Phoenix Suns due to left knee soreness. Walker said his knee was “very sore” according to The Athletic’s Jay King and did get an MRI on his knee, but it came back clean. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he didn’t think it would be a long-term injury for Walker.

It will be the fifth game Walker has missed this season due to ailments and he joins a handful of his teammates who are nursing injures at the moment, too.

Walker isn’t the only starter to be sidelined against the Suns as Jaylen Brown also won’t suit up for a second straight game due to a sprained thumb.

For Walker, who is coming off a 40-point, 11-rebound performance against the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday, the knee soreness doesn’t seem like a serious issue and more like the Celtics taking a precautionary measure. It was just earlier this week that Jayson Tatum sat out versus the Pistons due to knee soreness, so this could all be a strategy just to get some of the Celtics star players rest.

Regardless, the Hospital Celtics seem like they are back.