Boston Celtics

Oct 26, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) dribbles up court during the second half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

Even before an official game has been played, injuries have already become a major storyline for the 2020-2021 Boston Celtics. That continued with Tuesday’s injury report, which included status updates for Wednesday night’s regular season opener against Milwaukee.

Highlighting the report is point guard Kemba Walker. The 30-year-old will miss the game against the Bucks as he continues to rehab his left knee, which has been an issue dating back to before the shutdown last season.

Walker’s listing on the injury report isn’t much of a surprise after head coach Brad Stevens told reporters earlier in the day that his starting point guard is “still a long way away” from returning.

“Kemba is on the court doing one on one stuff with a coach,” Stevens explained. “Still no up and down, no cutting, no one else on the basket.”

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Second-year players Romeo Langford (wrist) and Tacko Fall (eye) will also be unavailable for the Celtics. Langford is still recovering from offseason surgery, while Fall’s eye injury is relatively new and held him out of the team’s preseason finale against Philadelphia.

In a positive development for the Celtics, it appears forward Tristan Thompson will be good to go Wednesday night. Boston’s top free agency acquisition, Thompson missed both of the team’s preseason games as he recovers from a hamstring injury he suffered during offseason workouts. Although he’s been heavily involved in practice, he’s expected to play on a minutes restriction against the Bucks.

Tipoff for Wednesday night’s season opener is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at TD Garden. You can catch Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell on the call on 98.5 The Sports Hub, starting with pregame coverage at 7:00.

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Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at

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