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Kemba Walker unlikely to play Wednesday vs. Jazz as Celtics take cautious approach

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The Celtics aren't hurrying their All-Star point guard back from a sore left knee.

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5.0The Boston Celtics aren’t in a hurry at the moment to get Kemba Walker back onto the court.

Brad Stevens told reporters at Tuesday’s shootaround that the Celtics are being cautious with the All-Star point guard as he deals with a sore left knee. Walker, who will miss his third straight game coming out of the All-Star break when the Celtics take on the Portland Trail Blazers tonight, has already had his knee drained and received an injection to help him in his recovery.

Stevens added that while Walker hasn’t officially been ruled out for Wednesday’s matchup against the Utah Jazz and could suit up, it is unlikely that Walker will play. The Celtics’ carefulness with Walker is to ensure that in the future if he does miss a game, it’s for regular rest rather than due to an injury.

Walker is also trying to play it safe and not rush back into game action before he is fully ready.

“I’ve got to be smart,” said Walker on dealing with his knee issue. “I just have to be smart.”

Walker missed just six game over his final four seasons with the Charlotte Hornets and with him sitting out versus the Trail Blazers, it will be the 11th game he will be sidelined for during his first season with the Celtics. In 46 games this season, Walker is averaging 21.8 points, 5.0 assists and 4.1 rebounds.

After the C’s west coast road trip ends in Utah tomorrow, they’ll next play at home versus the Houston Rockets on Saturday.