Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 4
Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell reports that Walker is playing:
Updates from Monday, Feb. 3
Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer has the latest on Kemba Walker's possible return to the court:
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:
#bobcats anticipate Kemba Walker will miss about 2 weeks with this ankle sprain.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) January 19, 2014
#bobcats are calling this a second-degree sprain of the left ankle. Projected recovery time a lot shorter than Al Jefferson's was.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) January 19, 2014
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:
Kemba Walker being carried off the court with face in jersey. It's a left ankle. He stepped on Bosh's foot.— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) January 19, 2014
Walker's pain was immediately apparent to everyone in attendance:
Kemba Walker hurt badly. Pounding the floor.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) January 19, 2014
Walker underwent X-rays on the ankle, which came back negative, but he has been ruled out for the rest of the game:
X-ray's negative on Kemba's ankle. Will not return— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) January 19, 2014
Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer had an update after the game:
Steve Clifford on Kemba Walker: "He's going to be out for a while."— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) January 19, 2014
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.