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Celtics face rematch vs. Kings tonight - Kemba Walker not ruled out

Celtics guard, Kemba Walker, has not been totally ruled out for Boston's rematch with the Sacramento Kings this evening. The Kings came away with a close victory (100-99) over The Green on November 17, ending Boston's 10-game winning streak. The Kings' Buddy Heild was a Celtics killer in that one, pouring in 35 points, along with six rebounds.

The fact that Walker is even a possibility for tonight's contest is amazing. His head-first collision with teammate, Semi Ojeleye, must have felt like ramming his head into an oak tree. But he is now listed as "doubtful" for the game (per NBA.com staff):

Walker, who was hurt on a collision with teammate Semi Ojeleye, was released from the hospital late that evening and didn't practice Sunday but did work on an exercise bike in the unlikely case he gets the call against the Kings.

"He's been good, and he feels good," coach Brad Stevens said. "It's kind of a minor miracle based on what we saw the other day. But the strain is real, and he's got some soreness in his back and neck. That's it."

The Kings are on a back-to-back, having defeated the Washington Wizards last night, 113-106. Harrison Barnes was high man for Sacramento with 26 points, followed by Bojan Bogdanovic with 21 points and Heild with 18 points.

Two-way guard, Tremont Waters, has been brought up from the G League Maine Red Claws as insurance at the point guard slot, and it may be an opportune time for Brad Stevens to see him work against true NBA competition. Brad Wanamaker should also see some action. He has displayed some solid play in the last couple of games.


It looks like the Kings will be without point guard, De'Aaron Fox (ankle), Marvin Bagley III (thumb) and Trevor Ariza (groin). Gordon Hayward has been on the court shooting following surgery on his injured left hand. He appears to be right on schedule with the 4-6 week recovery timeline.

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