For the third time in as many games, the Boston Celtics will be without their All-Star point guard, Kemba Walker.
Walker, who is dealing with a sore left knee, was declared out for the Celtics' Tuesday night game against the Portland Trail Blazers. The C's announced Walker's absence, along with that of Robert Williams, on Twitter.
#NEBHInjuryReport for tomorrow vs. Portland:— Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 25, 2020
Kemba Walker (sore left knee) - OUT
Robert Williams (left hip bone edema) - OUT
This isn't ideal for the C's as they've had to rely a lot more on their starters over the course of their past couple outings to survive without Walker. In fact, in their last two games, their bench has just 21 points combined while the Celtics starting five has scored 218 points.
Had Walker returned, Marcus Smart would have had a chance to return to the bench to take charge of the Celtics second unit. Instead, he'll remain in the starting lineup along with Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, and Daniel Theis.
Brad Wanamaker will continue to get more minutes off the bench as the backup point guard. He has played 40 total minutes in the past two games but hasn't done much, averaging 4.0 points while shooting just 12.5 percent from the field.
Brad Stevens has intimated that Walker is fine and that his injury is "not a long-term thing." Walker last played in the All-Star Game and logged 29 minutes and 23 points in the tightly contested affair.
Walker's next chance to return to action will be against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night, where the C's will look to wrap up a four-game road trip with a win.
Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Trail Blazers, which begins Tuesday at 9 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live followed by tip-off at 10 p.m. You can also stream on the MyTeams App.