NBA: Celtics' Walker to miss 3rd straight game with illness

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at Jan 06 2020 05:27 PM

NBA: Celtics' Walker to miss 3rd straight game with illness 1
Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors in the second half at Scotiabank Arena. Dan Hamilton, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

The Boston Celtics declared point guard Kemba Walker out for the team's game Monday night (Tuesday, Manila time) at the Washington Wizards because of illness, the team announced Sunday.

The three-time All-Star Walker will be forced to miss his third consecutive game, with reserve shooting guard Romeo Langford also set to miss the game because of sickness.

Boston has won each of its last two games without Walker, with the Celtics beating Eastern Conference bottom-feeders Atlanta (109-106) and Chicago (111-104). 

The Celtics' trio of Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum each scored over 20 points per game over the two victories in picking up the slack from Walker's absence.

The nine-year veteran Walker, in his first season with the Celtics, is averaging a team-best 22.5 points and 5.2 assists per game this season, the fifth consecutive season he has averaged more than 20 ppg.

The Celtics won the only prior meeting with the Wizards this season, 140-133, on Nov. 13 in Boston. Walker led seven Celtics in double figures that night with 25 points.

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