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The Celtics soon issued a statement on Walker's injury:
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said on the network the Celtics believed Walker avoided "significant injury." Boston head coach Brad Stevens also provided a postgame update following Denver's 96-92 win:
Entering Friday, the ninth-year veteran was averaging 22.6 points, 4.8 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game for the 11-4 C's.
With Walker out, Marcus Smart should get more time at the point. Smart leads the team with 5.1 assists per game.
The scrappy veteran out of Oklahoma State isn't known for his scoring prowess (12.1 PPG) or efficiency (37.6 FG%), but he can do a little of everything and bring it on both ends. At the least, he can run the offense in Walker's stead, though asking him to produce anything close to the starter's output would be too much.
But he can help guide the offense through others, namely Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
Ojeleye could also see the court more. The third-year SMU product started the second half in Walker's place with Smart shifting to the point.
Rookie guard Carsen Edwards should also get more time off the bench.