The Celtics will be without their starting point guard to start the 2020-21 season. Kemba Walker, who has been battling a left knee injury that dates back to last season, received a stem cell injection and will be put through a strengthening program. He should be able to resume on-court activities in the next couple weeks and will be reevaluated in the first week of January to check the status of his availability.
This will definitely hurt the Celtics, but it sounds as if Kemba shouldn't be out too long and it's a good opportunity to get his knee back to full health, and to get others some playing time. Marcus Smart and Jeff Teague will most likely spend the most time at the point while Kemba is gone but this could give our young guards like Tremont Waters and rookie Payton Pritchard a big opportunity to show what they got.
With the Celtics confirming Kemba Walker will miss the first part of the season, there will be some additional pressure on young guards Tremont Waters and Payton Pritchard to play right away.
It will be a tough few weeks for the Celtics to play without their starting point guard, but if all goes according to plan, Kemba's knee should no longer be a problem, and that's major if the Celtics want to make a long run at championship 18 this year.