Kemba Walker Injury: Updates on Bobcats Guard's Ankle and Return

Shehan PeirisCorrespondent IIIJanuary 18, 2014

USA Today

Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 4

Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell reports that Walker is playing:

#bobcats Kemba Walker, Warriors' David Lee both playing and starting.

— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) February 5, 2014

Updates from Monday, Feb. 3

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer has the latest on Kemba Walker's possible return to the court:

The Charlotte Bobcats hope to get back point guard Kemba Walker for Tuesday's road game against the Golden State Warriors.

Walker, who has missed the last seven games with a sprained left ankle, practiced Monday at a San Francisco health club. The Bobcats hoped to get Walker back last week, but he felt considerable soreness in his ankle at shootaround before the Los Angeles Lakers game.

Updates from Sunday, Jan. 19

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer has the latest on Kemba Walker's status:


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The Charlotte Bobcats are currently slated to make their second postseason appearance in franchise history, but those hopes took a big hit when star point guard Kemba Walker was carried off the court after he rolled his left ankle on Saturday night against the Miami Heat:

Walker's pain was immediately apparent to everyone in attendance:

Walker underwent X-rays on the ankle, which came back negative, but he has been ruled out for the rest of the game:

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer had an update after the game:

It's still unclear how much, if any, time Walker will miss due to the injury, but any missed games will be a significant concern to the Bobcats franchise.

Walker is putting up All-Star-caliber numbers this season, averaging 19 points, four rebounds and five assists.

The fact that he had to be carried off the court is an ominous sign, and Charlotte can ill afford to be without its best player. The Bobcats have been a surprising team this season, rallying behind a defense that is ranked eighth in the league in defensive efficiency.

Unfortunately, their offense has been woeful, ranking 27th in offensive efficiency, and that won't be helped by Walker's injury. It will be very difficult for Charlotte to stay in the playoff race if Walker is forced to miss a lot of time due to the injury.