Kemba Walker and Ricky Rubio return to court, Damian Lillard sits down
The bubble life began to become more like a typical preseason game, because multiple players were injured and quit the game, while other players quit the game.
Point guard Kemba Walker with Ricky Rubio After suffering from injuries, he rejoined the team’s lineup on Sunday.
Walker, who has been hurting his knee, played for 9 minutes in the Celtics’ defeat of Phoenix.
Kemba Walker returned today and helped us beat the Phoenix Suns 117-103. pic.twitter.com/uIiWgb6IQL
-Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 26, 2020
Walker said his knee feels good, but coach Brad Stevens told reporters that he plans to limit Walker’s playing time.
The Celtics in the first year expressed willingness to participate in the game, but he could not put the team at risk.
“I’m imagining a ‘‘Do you know? I don’t care that there is no time limit or any similar nature.’ But obviously, I can’t,” Walker said. “In the playoffs, I want to be with my teammates.”
Meanwhile, Rubio has made his first appearance with the Suns since he contracted the coronavirus in Phoenix.
The 8-year veteran played 19 minutes, scored 6 points, 4 assists and 2 rebounds.
-Phoenix Suns (@Suns) July 26, 2020
When the two guards came back into action, the All-Star Trail Blazers Damian Lillard Must time out.
Lillard missed Sunday night’s game with the Raptors and suffered an inflammation of his left foot.
“He does have X-rays. X-rays are negative.” Trailblazers coach Terry Stotts said. “He does have some inflammation. I don’t think this is a long-term thing.”
Gary Trent Jr. replaced Lillard.
Little Trent said: “I hope he can play our last melee game.”
Portland played against Oklahoma City on Tuesday and then played their first seeded game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday. They tried to secure eighth in the Western Conference.
Currently, Portland ranks ninth in the West, only 3.5 games behind the Grizzlies.
This post is written by Bonny Johnson