Anyone who’s read the site before knows I LOVE Bill Walker. What’s not to love? He plays hard. He plays tough. He scores 21 points in 35 minutes?
That last one, albeit a bit surprising, is exactly what he did tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers. For a player who hardly got any run in his two years in Boston, it’s a nice to see him make the most of his opportunity.
Still, it begs the question: why no love by way of PT when Walker was with the Green?
It seemed pretty clear that for one reason or the other, the coaching staff didn’t trust Walker to play the type of defense the Celtics needed him to. Still, for a team searching for offensive answers coming off the bench, wouldn’t the Celtics have been wise to make the most of Walker’s youth and athleticism?
The answer is unequivocally in the affirmative. Walker showed tonight that not only could he put the ball in the bucket, but he could do it from all over the floor. In fact, here is his shot chart:
With the C’s looking for someone off the bench who can spread the floor, it’s a little disconcerting for Celtics’ fans to see Bill Walker go 2-for-5 from deep and make two foul line jumpers.
In no way does this one game make Bill Walker anything more than capable. The issue I have with him not getting the chance in Boston is that “capable” is all the Celtics needed him to be. With some talk brewing about bringing in Michael Finley, the Walker exodus really puts any of that “talk” in perspective.
The bottom line is, what is Michael Finley going to do in Boston that Bill Walker didn’t, or couldn’t do?
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In other news, our old pal Lester Hudson was just assigned to Memphis’ D-League affiliate. I, personally, really hope Lester makes it in this league. His offensive ability can be electrifying.