The Boston Celtics are inching closer and closer to full health. As they prepare for a marquee matchup tonight against the Houston Rockets without Kemba Walker, Brad Stevens noted that Walker’s return to the lineup might not be too far away.
#NEBHInjuryReport Kemba Walker (knee) worked out today and the plan is to have him play 3-on-3 tomorrow. If he’s cleared to practice Monday, he could return for Tuesday’s game vs. Brooklyn, per Brad Stevens.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 29, 2020
It appears that Kemba Walker has one final hurdle to clear, and that is a favorable response to his 3-on-3 play tomorrow. If Walker can practice on Monday with the team, there’s potential for a return as the Celtics take on the Brooklyn Nets. In Walker’s absence this year, the Celtics have gone 9-3. Walker has not played since the All-Star game.
Robert Williams III is cleared to make his return tonight, though it appears that any appearance he makes will be brief. This is a function of both easing him back into his first game action since December 6th as well as a function of the opposition. Boston may look to match Houston’s ultra-small-ball style with small ball of their own. A fully healthy Time Lord would actually be a formidable opponent for Houston, but for now, the coaching staff will likely only play him for a short burst or two to get his feet wet.
If Kemba Walker were to return on Tuesday, Boston’s injury report would be fully clear for the first time in, well, I don’t know, I’ve lost count. As the playoffs approach next month (yes, I’m aware that today is February 29th, but you get the point), a fully healthy Boston team is a scary prospect for the rest of the teams in the Eastern Conference bracket.
The Boston Celtics will challenge the Houston Rockets tonight at 8:30 PM EST on ABC.