Celtics' Kemba Walker determined to bounce back next season



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Celtics' Kemba Walker determined to bounce back next season

Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker was disappointed that he was not able to play in the last two games of the series against the Brooklyn Nets. Walker, the starting point guard for the Celtics, missed Games 4 and 5 against the Nets due to a bone bruise in his left knee.

"It's tough," Walker said after watching the Celtics lose 123-109 to Brooklyn in Game 5 on Tuesday night, ending Boston's season. "It's been really tough especially because over the course of my career, I've played so many games when I've been healthy.

"I came to Boston to be a part of those special runs and be a part of high-intensity games and fans going wild, and I wasn't able to be a part of that unfortunately. Just try to get right. I gotta get right."

Walker hopes to be fully healthy for the start of next season

"I'm not planning on it to be like that, to be honest," Walker said.

"I'm really just planning on having a big summer, get myself feeling good again. It's been a while since I've really really had time off. So this is really an important time for me. "I'm just really going to attack [the offseason].

Just taking some time off, reflect on the year, just think about some things that I have to improve on, think about ways to just get myself back feeling good. For sure, I need some time for that." Meanwhile, Celtics guard Evan Fournier said he would take his time before making a final call on his future.

Fournier, who was traded at the deadline to the Celtics, is set to be an unrestricted agent for the first time in his career. "This is not the right time to talk about it," Fournier said. "But what can I tell you about the Celtics? It's obviously an A-plus type of organization.

They really showed it. They were really excited to get me and they showed me a lot of love, and everybody was extremely positive. "It wasn't easy for me. Obviously my first game wasn't good and then I had COVID and all that, but they all remain, from staff, players, to management, they all showed a lot of love and that's something I really, really appreciated.

You know, I really did. "So, I mean free agency, you know, we'll see. I don't even have the date. I have no idea when free agency starts so, we'll see."