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It looks like Kemba Walker's long-awaited return from injury is going to happen on Tuesday night.

According to the Boston Celtics official Twitter account, Walker is probable for team's game against the Brooklyn Nets. However, Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum are both questionable as they deal with illness.

Though Walker is probable, it's likely that he'll be on a minutes restriction at least against the Nets. That's unsurprising given how cautious the C's have been with Walker while he has dealt with this injury.

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When asked about the minutes restriction, Walker joked that he'd be "playing 40 minutes" against the Nets before deferring to Brad Stevens for a decision about his playing time.

"I don't know, it's up to Brad," Walker said to reporters after practice. "It probably won't be too much time. We're going to take things slow. But yeah, I'm excited to get back out there." 

The Celtics will be excited to have him back. Walker is averaging 21.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 5.0 assists this season. He last played in the NBA All-Star Game before his knee problem flared up.

Hopefully, Smart and Tatum will be able to play against the Nets as well, as that would give the Celtics their first look at a fully healthy roster in a long time. Robert Williams recently returned from a hip injury that had sidelined him since November, so if Smart, Tatum, and Walker all play, the C's can get a look at how their rotation may look come playoff time.

 

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