What a funny season for Kemba Walker. Arrived with great fanfare in New York, the native of the Bronx had great difficulties, especially defensively, to show himself in his best face, to the point that Tom Thibodeau finally decided to remove him from the rotation!
Since the end of November, the playmaker was therefore stuck on the bench. Except that the circumstances, between the multiple solitary confinements, of Miles McBride and Immanuel Quickley in particular, then the injury of Derrick Rose, forced the coach to reconsider his decision.
So much so that Kemba Walker has been playing for three matches, and even a lot, with an average of 40 minutes!
In a few days, he went from the closet to the floor and his last game, against the Wizards, was remarkable with 44 points at 14/27 in the shoot, 7/14 at 3-pts, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and no lost ball. .
“He had a monstrous match”, notes Tom Thibodeau for the New York Post. “But we lost, so it’s a shame not to reward such a meeting. “
The former Charlotte and Boston is running at 31.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.3 assists in the last three games. Impressive for a player stuck on the bench for almost three weeks …
“Everything is a question of work”, he confides. And Thursday night, despite the defeat against Washington but in the face of such a performance, the audience of Madison Square Garden sang his name.
“It feels good, it was nice”, explains the former All-Star. “But to be honest, I really wanted us to win. It’s always hard to play so well and not win. But it was clearly a very special night for me. “