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How Walker's 5-point Game 6 stat line made NBA history

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A combined 247 points -- including a total of 35 in the five-minute double overtime session. 10 players in double figures. 

Game 6 between the Celtics and Raptors was a heavyweight playoff slugfest, but after 58 minutes of high-intensity basketball, there was plenty of offense to go around... at least for most players.

But not for Kemba Walker.

The Celtics point guard had an abysmal offensive performance in Game 6, finishing with just 5 points on 2-of-11 shooting (1-of-6 from 3-point land).

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Even worse? He put those numbers up in a team-high 51:40, making him the only player in NBA playoff history to have such a low-scoring output when playing at least 50 minutes.

But it gets even worse than that. Walker's five points were the fewest he's had in 21 career playoff games, and his 18.2 percent shooting display was also the worst of his postseason career. That's not going to a cut it for a player who averaged 20.4 points per game this season.

Then there's his 3-point shooting. Walker made just one his six attempts from behind the arc for the third straight game to extend his outside shooting woes. Though knocked down 4 of 7 3-pointers in the C's Game 3 loss, those four makes equaled his output from Games 2, 4, 5, and 6, when he made only 4 of his 26 three-point attempts.

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Kemba Walker's 3-point FG% in the last three games.
16.7%
Kemba Walker's 3-point FG% in his previous five games.
41.0%

And while Celtics fans might still be annoyed that the referees didn't whistle the Raptors for a foul on Walker's potential game-winning shot attempt at the end of regulation, he didn't get to the line at all in Game 6 -- the first time in his playoff career and only the fifth time this season that he didn't attempt a single free throw.

 

"The second half, I just couldn't really find a rhythm," Walker said in the aftermath of the defeat. "I thought I had a few good looks, but it just wasn't enough to help my teammates out tonight. Just a bad offensive night for me, terrible offensive night for me."

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Still, Walker is confident he'll rebound in Friday night's Game 7 -- just the second Game 7 of his postseason career after a 33-point Hornets loss to Miami four years ago.

"Why wouldn't I be? We're great players. We are really competitive. That was a hard-fought game right there. We could have given up. We didn't. We made plays throughout the whole game, two overtimes," Walker added.

"I'm confident. We have a good group of guys and we love playing basketball with each other and we love making each other better. I know we'll respond. We're going to come out and play hard again."