Kemba Walker gets green light to play in consecutive game
DETROIT – Kemba Walker had followed the advice of Knicks medical staff the last time the Knicks played back-to-back games, missing Game 2 in Atlanta. And after the Knicks won without him, he was benched for the next nine games.
So it’s no surprise that Walker is happy to take his place in the starting lineup on Wednesday night in the second half of a straight set after playing 33 minutes in Atlanta on Tuesday. And even in the face of an exhausted Detroit Pistons team, the Knicks were willing to put him out there.
“Here we go,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said ahead of Wednesday’s game. “The doctors met him this morning. It feels good. We’re going.”
Walker didn’t play back-to-back games with Boston at all last season, but he did play a set earlier this season for the Knicks. Given this story, Thibodeau said they would be cautious.
“As long as he’s feeling good,” said Thibodeau. “He spends a lot of time taking care of himself. So if he needs a rest, we’ll give him a rest. But we knew he would be situational in terms of back to back, that’s how we approach it. things. “
Waiting for his turn
Obi Toppin only played 10:30 a.m. for the Knicks on Tuesday, getting a quick hook after a turnaround and a defensive mission when he gave up a baseline and fouled Jaden McDaniel for a three-point play. But he was 3-for-3 from the ground and provided the usual burst of energy.
“Obi played really well for us,” said Thibodeau. “He’s a big part of our second unit. It’s also what happens in the game, what the clashes are. And Obi is working back from COVID. Overall I’m very happy with Obi.”