Kemba Walker played 27 minutes and finished with 15 points Tuesday in the loss to the Heat, but afterwards Brad Stevens told reporters the All-Star will not play Wednesday against the Nets as he works to get his knee back to full strength.
It should not be considered a setback, though.
“I think he’s done a good job of preparing for it,” Stevens said. “These minutes will help him get there. When he plays a couple of games in the 30s, he’ll feel better about and, by then, the playoffs and everything -- he’ll be fine.”
While Walker is frustrated with the minutes restriction, he knows it's all part of the long-term plan.
“I think he’s comfortable,” Stevens said. “I think he doesn’t like the minutes restriction, which I totally get. But that’s just because he wants to play and play longer. He understands it and supports it, wants to make sure that he feels great in a couple of weeks. But I still think there’s things we can add to take advantage of some of the things he does best. And once he’s available with more regularity, we’ll do that.”
After Wednesday, the Celtics will take on the Raptors on Friday.