Kemba Walker had a tough shooting performance in Game 2 but came up clutch when it counted.
Throughout his career, when Kemba Walker had an off night it meant a guaranteed blowout of the Hornets, but now with Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart he is starting to realize Boston is much different than Charlotte.
Game 2 told an unfamiliar story for Walker; In a game where he was struggling from the field, the Celtics were able to pull off a win over the Raptors, 102-99.
Kemba Walker’s Stats Quarters 1-3
- 6 points
- 2-14 FG (14%)
- 0-7 3pt FG
Kemba Walker’s Stats in the 4th Quarter
- 11 points
- 4-4 FG
- 1-1 3pt FG
- 2-3 FT
Marcus Smart is getting a lot of the credit for saving the Celtics in this game (which he deserves) but Kemba was amazing as well.
Here is Kemba’s full postgame interview (2:00 for how Boston is different than Charlotte).
Kemba Walker: "You know what I've been through. Everybody knows what I've been through, not making it to the second round…for me to have these guys who can step up and just make huge plays the way they did, man, it's special."
— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) September 2, 2020
Kemba Walker Full Game Stat-Line
- 17 points
- 4 assists
- 6 rebounds
I don’t think anyone would classify that as a horrible performance.
However, with how poorly he shot for the majority of this game, Walker was able to see how his teammates have his back even when the stakes are as high as they were.
On the other hand, if Celtics fans were ever concerned about whether Kemba would be able to perform in the playoffs considering his lack of experience/success, his fourth-quarter heroics should put that to bed.
On a night when he was off, Kemba did what true leaders are supposed to do; encourage and trust his teammates, as well as come up big when it counts.
Boston is much different than Charlotte in many ways, but even from a leadership perspective, Kemba Walker has made a seamless transition to the Celtics.
Celtics – Raptors Game 3 will be at 6:30 PM EST, Thursday, Sept. 3 on TNT.