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How do Celtics replace 40 points, 12 rebounds & 9 assists?

Gordon Hayward won't be back in action until Christmas time, and we have yet to get updated information about Kemba Walker's condition. Kemba's collision with teammate, Semi Ojeleye, was frightening - to say the least. But early scuttlebutt may indicate the injury was not as severe as originally thought, but I am concerned about Marcus Smart's indication that Walker was experiencing neck issues this summer during World Cup play.


Hopefully, this is a matter of semantics, and I am awaiting clarification of Brad Stevens statement. Having spent too much time in hospitals, a "positive test" to me means the condition being searched for was found. I am assuming for now that Brad meant the test results showed no significant damage.

positive test result (PAH-zih-tiv ... reh-ZULT) A test result that shows that a person has the disease, condition, or biomarker for which the test is being done.

The pairing of Walker and Hayward were averaging a combined 40.0 PPG, 11.7 RPG and 8.8 APG. They are 40% of Boston's 5-man core which also includes Marcus Smart and the Jay Team, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. That is a large percentage of manpower and production that the Celtics will try to replace until both players are back on the court.

With both players healthy in the month of October, a quick analysis of the statistics shows the largest deficit will be in the assist department. Walker and Hayward accounted for roughly 40% (8.8-of-22.3) of the Celtics assists per game. Rebounding is the least of the worries for Boston, with the duo providing only 22% (11.7-of-47.0) of the boards. The loss in scoring shows the two players accounted for 36% (40.0-of-109.8) of Boston's points.

For the season, Boston shows four players in the NBA's top-50 in scoring, with Walker, Tatum, Brown and Hayward hovering around the 20 PPG average.Things get slim after that for the Celtics, with Marcus Smart ranked 122nd in scoring at 12.3 PPG. You see my point (no pun). Take Gordon and Kemba out of that mix, and things get dicey.

Rebounding should not be a major issue going forward, but putting points on the board and distributing the ball will be - at least until Kemba returns. Expect two-way player, Tremont Waters, to be brought up to Boston from the G League Maine Red Claws, and for Brad Wanamaker to log more floor time. Carson Edwards is off to a slow start with Boston on the offensive end, but he does seem confident out there and is capable of point-explosions at any time. Stay tuned to CelticsSentinel for updates on Kemba Walker's condition.

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