April 11, 2014
Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker 'questionable' or worse with a groin injury
It sounds unlikely Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker will play tonight versus the Boston Celtics after he suffered a groin injury in Wednesday’s road victory over the Washington Wizards.
The team is listing Walker as “questionable,” but coach Steve Clifford said at morning shootaround that’s probably optimistic. With just a week left before the playoffs, the Bobcats are more concerned with Walker’s health than whether he misses one or more regular-season games.
Walker said he injured himself late in the Wizards game while guarding John Wall. Wall kept changing directions off the dribble and Walker felt pain while chasing after him.
In Walker’s absence the Bobcats would turn to Luke Ridnour and Jannero Pargo versus Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo. This would be Ridnour’s first start as a Bobcat after the February trade that brought him and Gary Neal from Milwaukee. Ridnour has played a bit under 14 minutes per game as Walker’s backup.
The Bobcats were off Thursday, so Walker went to Connecticut to visit his alma mater. He hung out with Connecticut point guard Shabazz Napier, who led the Huskies to the national championship Monday night, much as Walker did in 2011. Napier was a freshman that 2010-11 season and now there are frequent comparisons between Walker and Napier.
Walker told New England media at shootaround how happy he is for Napier and what a good NBA point guard he’ll be. Then he joked about the similarities in their games.
“He stole, basically, all my moves,” Walker concluded.
Posted by Observer Sports on April 11, 2014 at 01:15 PM | Permalink
tought game tonight.
Posted by: charlottean | Apr 11, 2014 2:07:28 PM
why do they play Ridnour over Pargo? that need to change
Posted by: tre'4boi | Apr 11, 2014 2:34:48 PM
I ask the same question, why start Ridnour over Pargo? Yea, maybe Ridnour's defensive play is a little stronger than Pargo's, but Pargo's offense and floor awareness is better than Ridnour's. Pargo needs to get the start, because the Bobcats need to get off to a fast start.
Posted by: Wanda | Apr 11, 2014 3:17:56 PM
Ridnour looks like a high schooler out there he is not worthy of being on an NBA roster. We cannot afford to play him more than 5 minutes per game if we want to keep winning
Posted by: I am your father | Apr 11, 2014 3:31:20 PM
You, are, a moron.
Posted by: NASTAR99 | Apr 12, 2014 11:10:02 AM
Do not play Kemba 1 second until the playoffs!
Posted by: James | Apr 12, 2014 4:40:27 PM
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