Dallas Mavericks point guard Kemba Walker was just starting to show what he had left in the tank when a knee issue popped up that forced him to miss two straight games. The 32-year-old has dealt with knee issues for three straight years, and general manager Nico Harrison made it clear that Walker’s knees are problematic moving forward.
Walker was upgraded to questionable ahead of Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks, and head coach Jason Kidd made it clear that his minutes need to be managed carefully moving forward. Kemba’s 32-point performance against the Cavaliers sparked his latest knee injury and made it clear that he cannot handle that workload moving forward.
The Mavericks will likely only use Kemba in a break glass in case of an emergency role moving forward. If they need a spark off the bench or are playing with Luka Doncic or Spencer Dinwiddie, Dallas will play Walker. Expect his minutes to be kept down, but Kemba can still contribute when his number gets called.
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The Dallas Mavericks are back in action on Tuesday night as they host Jalen Brunson and the New York Knicks. It will be a cannot miss game, so please tune in and enjoy.