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Kemba Walker Injury: Updates on Bobcats Star's Groin and Return

CHARLOTTE, NC - APRIL 4:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Charlotte Bobcats during the game against the Orlando Magic at the Time Warner Cable Arena on April 4, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  Mandatory Copyright Notice:  Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 11, 2014

The Charlotte Bobcats are in a tight race with the Washington Wizards for the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference as the NBA season heads down the stretch run, but they will be without one of their key pieces against the Boston Celtics Friday. 

The team’s public relations Twitter page updated fans on Kemba Walker’s status:

Walker is second on the team in points per game with 17.8 and leads in assists and steals per game with 6.1 and 1.2, respectively. Much of the offense runs through his hands, so his absence will be felt.

What's of more pressing concern than just the one game against the 23-55 Celtics, though, is Walker’s health status going forward.

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The postseason is about a week away, and the Bobcats could play the Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors or Chicago Bulls in the first round, depending on how the seeding unfolds in the Eastern Conference.

If Charlotte wants to have a chance at beating any of those teams, it will need a healthy Walker in the backcourt.

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