Sidelined by the Knicks for a few weeks now, Kemba Walker is going to have a great opportunity in the next game. His presence is not guaranteed, but it may be the time to change his mind for his coach.
In just a few hours, the Knicks are moving to the TD Garden side, to face the Celtics. A meeting between two average teams from the Eastern Conference, who nevertheless have the ambition to play in the playoffs. Fans will be in attendance, although those in New York are already depressed.
It must be said that with the covid which sanctions many teams recently, the franchise of the Big Apple is no exception. With 6 players in the health protocol, Tom Thibodeau is far from having his best elements. The worst part of it all? It is young people who are affected.
Hecatomb among the Knicks!
Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin, RJ Barrett or Miles McBride, who shone in the last game, are all deprived of dessert. When we know that Derrick Rose is uncertain, there is an opportunity to be seized for a certain Kemba Walker. Removed from the rotation, the leader could be back against Boston, as explained by Fred Katz.
Knicks in health and safety protocols:
And now, Miles McBride
If Derrick Rose, who hurt his ankle Thursday and is questionable for tonight, doesn’t play in Boston, Alec Burks & Kemba Walker are only two PGs.
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) December 18, 2021
Knicks in Protocol: Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin, RJ Barrett, Kevin Knox, Quentin Grimes and now Miles McBride. If Derrick Rose, who injured his ankle and is uncertain for tonight, does not play in Boston, Alec Burks and Kemba Walker are the only two pointers.
With almost no rotation, the Knicks must manage a major crisis. If Thibodeau decides to do without Walker, it’s really because he has a problem with the leader. Seeing him on the floor this Saturday night seems logical, and it will be an opportunity for him to show that he can keep his place in the team.
However, nothing has been done yet for this meeting against the Celtics. It is possible that Kemba will still be sidelined, despite the circumstances. We’ll find out more in a few hours, but if he doesn’t play, Walker may have to request a departure.
Will Kemba Walker play tonight against his former team? Given the Knicks’ situation, we want to think so, but it’s Tom Thibodeau who will decide. It’s now or never.