The Boston Celtics need Kemba Walker to make a strong impact offensively if they're going to eliminate the Toronto Raptors from the 2020 NBA playoffs. A huge part of that effort must include Walker being aggressive in looking for his shot.
He didn't do a good enough job of that in the Celtics' 100-93 Game 4 loss to the Raptors on Saturday night, and it's one reason why these teams' Eastern Conference semifinals series is tied at two wins apiece.
Walker averaged nearly 15 shot attempts per game in the series entering Saturday. In Game 4, he took only nine shots. Walker finished with just 15 points on 4-of-9 shooting (1-of-6 from 3-point range).
In the latest episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast, Chris Forsberg, A. Sherrod Blakely and Kyle Draper analyzed Boston's Game 4 defeat, including Walker not being aggressive enough on offense.
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"I think the Raptors did a good job of putting Kemba in situations that were a little bit trickier and forcing him to be a little more of a thinker out there," Blakely said. "But still, there were more than enough opportunities with Kemba to get to his spots and make some things happen. I just think that he looked a lot like Kyle Lowry did in Game 1 -- a very good player who has a certain gear they can shift to, but for whatever reason, they didn't do it with any kind of consistency.
"I fully expect to see a much more active and engaged, attacking and aggressive Kemba Walker. And that will open up the floor for guys like Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Daniel Theis with the little dump offs. Kemba has to be better, and I don't care if he goes 2-of-11, he has to shoot the ball more than nine times."
The Celtics and Raptors will resume their conference semifinals series Monday night in Game 5.