Iron Man, Kemba Walker, returns to pour in 39 points in 121-110 win over Nets

Kemba Walker had played 158 consecutive games prior to sustaining a neck sprain, and as he tells it, he was "pissed" that he sat out Monday's game against the Sacramento Kings (quote via NBC Sports Boston):

"I was pissed about that (missing game). I'm not going to lie. I wanted to play. I wanted to keep my streak alive."

Well, Kemba certainly shook off any effects of that neck sprain in Boston's 121-110 win over the Brooklyn Nets. He scorched the Garden nets for a team-high 39 points on 13-of-24 from the field and 6-of-10 on 3-pointers. He took down six rebounds and handed out four assists. The streak died, but he did not. He was alive and well.


Over the past seven seasons, Walker has averaged 77 games per season. He has generally remained healthy since coming into the League, and one of his younger teammates, Jayson Tatum, seems to be following his lead. Jayson has only missed a combined five games in his first two seasons with the Celtics. Tatum came away last night with 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists, a stat line that shows that he keeps expanding his game.

Daniel Theis had been battling an illness, but came back last night, putting up 14 points in 27 minutes, taking down eight boards and blocking two shots. Enes Kanter covered the center spot for 13 minutes with a line of four points, seven rebounds, three assists and FOUR steals. Jaylen Brown was Boston's top board man with 10 rebounds, while putting up 22 points with 60% accuracy from the field and 33% from beyond the arc.


Noticeably missing for the Nets was former-Celtic, Kyrie Irving, out with an injured shoulder. Not missing was the loud cheers and chants for fan-favorite, Marcus Smart as he dislodged another wedged ball. It was a silly moment for Marcus and the fans, but it had deeper meaning. Look for my story later today.

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