Will Celtics’ Kemba Walker Return to Action Against New York Knicks?

Published 01/17/2021, 5:30 AM EST
Dec 23, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) celebrates with guard Jaylen Brown (7) after scoring against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports


The New York Knicks will head to Boston to face off against the Celtics at 1:00 PM ET. While the Celtics are off to a great start this season, the same can’t be said for the Knicks. The Knicks have completely lost their touch and will be hoping to get back to winning ways.

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Earlier this season, the Knicks shocked everyone when they were off to a blazing start. But as the season progressed, they calmed down. On the other hand, the Celts are currently on the top of the Eastern Conference.

What’s surprising is that Boston is not even at their 100% due to the sudden increase in COVID-19 cases. Can they rack up another victory on Sunday? Additionally, one of the biggest things people want to know is whether Kemba Walker will return to action or not.

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After suffering a knee injury back in December, he is yet to make a comeback for the team. However, he is finally making some progress and could make his season debut pretty soon.

Boston Celtics injury updates and predicted lineup

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) reacts after making a three point basket against the Toronto Raptors during the second quarter at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Due to the team being shorthanded right now, head coach Brad Stevens is going deep through his bench. In fact, the team has found a new reliable player in Payton Pritchard, who is blossoming into a solid role player for the team.

According to their recent injury report, they still have a plethora of players out, with Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker being the biggest names out of the lot. So the expected lineup for the Celtics on Sunday is Jeff Teague (G), Marcus Smart (G), Grant Williams (F), Jaylen Brown (F), and Tristan Thompson (C).

New York Knicks injury updates and predicted lineup

Dec 13, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) gets defended by Detroit Pistons guard Killian Hayes (7) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

For the Knicks, their forward Julius Randle has elevated his game to another level. If it weren’t for him, the team might have an even worse record. With their 5-8 record, they still hold the 10th seed in the East, but will hope to move further up on Sunday.

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Furthermore, they have only 3 players that are doubtful or questionable for the game. Keeping that in mind, the expected lineup for them is Elfrid Payton (G), RJ Barrett (G), Julius Randle (F), Reggie Bullock (F), and Mitchell Robinson (C).

Game prediction

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The Boston Celtics should be able to get the job done and register their ninth win of the season. Despite being shorthanded, they still have an excellent lineup to take on the Knicks.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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