Maybe one of the only benefits from already having three months off from the NBA grind is that it appears to have restored the Boston Celtics back to full health.
The Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett reported that Kemba Walker (knee) and Jaylen Brown (hamstring) along with Robert Williams (back), who were all nursing nagging injuries before the NBA season went on hiatus, have all looked healthy, albeit in limited activity with the Celtics only allowed to hold individual workouts thus far at the Auerbach Center.
“Jaylen’s been working out. He looks healthy, looks good,” Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge told Bulpett. “And Kemba’s been working out, too. So time will tell on all of that. Rob looks healthy, too.”
Walker’s left knee aggravated him mostly after the All-Star break when he sat out six of Boston’s 10 games, including five straight to begin the second half of the season. Walker’s injury garnered attention since he played 29 minutes in the meaningless All-Star game before having to take time off with the Celtics schedule back in full swing.
There were concerns at the time that the knee injury for Walker, who has been an extremely durable player during his NBA tenure, was more significant than what was known since he had his knee drained and also received an injection in the area.
Brown dealt with a myriad of minors ailments throughout the course of this season — he missed 14 games in all this season — and sat out the last four contests the Celtics played due to his right hamstring strain. But Brown seemed on the mend before the shutdown happened and the Celtics were using a cautious approach when it came to players returning from injuries as well.
“Time will tell us about the health of players,” Ainge said. “I mean, there’s always injuries going on, but I’m confident that Kemba and Jaylen are going to have a really good (remainder) of the year.”
The oft-injured Williams was sidelined for a majority of this season due to a hip edema, but came back post All-Star break to suit up in four straight games, in which he didn’t play more than 16 minutes. Williams then suffered a back strain and sat out the Celtics last game played at Indiana.