April 11, 2014
Bobcats' Kemba Walker, Celtics' Rajon Rondo both out tonight
BOSTON -- Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker will miss tonight’s game against the Boston Celtics and could miss additional time while healing from a groin injury he suffered Wednesday against the Washington Wizards.
However, the Celtics will also be without their starting point guard. About a half hour before tipoff the Celtics announced Rajon Rondo is out with a bruised left shin. Rookie Phil Pressey was scheduled to start in Rondo’s place.
Walker told the Observer at morning shootaround he injured himself late in the Wizards game while guarding point guard John Wall. Wall kept changing directions on his dribble, and Walker hurt himself.
Luke Ridnour will make his first start as a Bobcat tonight, with Jannero Pargo the backup point guard. Ridnour came to the Bobcats, along with Gary Neal, in a February trade with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Ridnour doesn’t play much as a Bobcat (13.3 minutes per game). Walker is 18th in the league in average minutes played at 36 per game. The Bobcats are 4-3 this season when Walker has been out. Those games occurred before the trade, when Ramon Sessions was Walker’s backup.
Walker will be re-evaluated before Saturday’s home game against the Philadelphia 76es. But Bobcats coach Steve Clifford made it clear in his pre-game remarks Friday that his priority is getting Walker well for the playoffs, regardless of what remaining regular-season games he might miss.
“I want him to be ready to go. I don’t know how serious it is or how long he needs,” Clifford said. “He’s got to be right for playoff intensity.”
Posted by Observer Sports on April 11, 2014 at 06:59 PM | Permalink
Do not play Kemba 1 second until the playoffs!
Posted by: James | Apr 12, 2014 4:39:26 PM
^^^ if chicago is the 3 seed, seeding won't matter and I'd agree. if toronto beats them out for third......walker helping to get the 6 seed would be just as valuable as him being 100% for the playoffs.
playing toronto without walker would be better than playing miami or indiana round 1 with him. i don't care how mediocre they are playing right now, those 2 teams are BUILT for playoff basketball. toronto, like us, are just here because the eastern conference took the year off.
tough loss last night. here's to hoping that steve martin can read the roster for philly right and stop calling tony wroten "troy" as he has done all year. as much as the dude has been a staple, he has got to be replaced soon. all over the place with names and historical references. it's either that or the graphics department needs to post the corrections at the bottom of the screen as he makes errors and it becomes some sort of humorous novelty for charlotte sports.
Posted by: charlottean | Apr 12, 2014 5:04:41 PM
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