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Can Kemba Walker Dunk

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Paul Gonzalez
• Saturday, 19 December, 2020
• 11 min read

A quick YouTube search does the trick, as the Bronx native was immortalized in Mickey D’s hoop history with a serious throw down over Holiday, even at a mere 6-foot frame before spurting the last inch of his frame during his college stint. The two floor general extraordinaire would meet again in the NBA, this time trading buckets in a much more conventional way, but Walker will always have that moment to remember, even if his 6-foot-1 frame keeps him from replicating it in the league.

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KembaWalker of the Boston Celtics looks during the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat in Game Six of the 2020 Eastern Conference Finals. On the Celtics' injury report Saturday, Walker is listed as questionable meaning it’s possible the guard could make his 2020-21 debut Sunday at 1 p.m. against the New York Knicks.

He’s been on a strengthening program for his left knee designed to make him durable enough for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs when he returns. Jayson Tatum, Robert Williams and Carson Edwards all remain out due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols, the league’s designation for anything COVID-19 related.

Tack Fall, who showed off his off-the-dribble skills in the final minute may have injured himself in the process as he landed awkwardly after his dunk. Daniel This, who had his share of bumps, bruises and bad luck Friday is also questionable with a right middle finger sprain.

BOSTON (AP) Julius Randle scored 20 points with 12 rebounds and RJ Barrett had 19 and 11 on Sunday to help the New York Knicks snap a five-game losing streak and beat the Boston Celtics 105-75. Jaylen Brown scored 25 for Boston, which had the best record in the Eastern Conference after winning five in a row but suffered its biggest blowout and lowest-scoring output of the season.

Fellow Celtics All-Star Jayson Tatum missed his second straight game with COVID-19. ''They've played extremely well short-handed, and dealing with a lot of tough stuff with guys being out,'' Knicks coach Tom Thoreau said.

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Walker went to the locker room after taking a shot to the ribs while getting boxed out by Nerves Noel in the third quarter. Walker scored nine points on 3-of-13 shooting, adding three rebounds, four assists and three steals but committing five turnovers.

... Mitchell Robinson, who entered the game with a right heel bruise, left in the first quarter when he landed badly after being undercut by Jeff League. Boston's previous lowest scoring game was 93 points against Detroit on New Year's Day.

He has missed two games and three others were postponed because one or both teams didn't have enough healthy players. Knicks: Return home to face the Magic on Monday before a four-game West Coast swing.

Center Daniel This, who like Water was listed as questionable Saturday, has been upgraded to available. He’s been on a strengthening program for his left knee designed to make him durable enough for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs when he returns.

As a non-participant, Walker wasn’t allowed to be at Friday’s game because of NBA’s tightened COVID-19 restrictions so if nothing else he’ll be able to be back with the team. Jayson Tatum, Robert Williams and Carson Edwards all remain out due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols, the league’s designation for anything COVID-19 related.

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Tack Fall, who showed off his off-the-dribble skills in the final minute may have injured himself in the process as he landed awkwardly after his dunk. On this play, the back-pick set by Walker and This’ hard roll through the middle have put Tobias Harris under huge pressure to offer help defense.

Now, Marcus Smart has two options, hit Walker for the guaranteed jumper, or Green who can either fire it from deep or attack the closeout on the way to a thunderous dunk. However, for the majority of the season, we have seen a steady diet of high pick-and-roll, with the team resetting or going into isolation if the play breaks down.

It’s no coincidence that with Walker’s return, the team is now going deeper into their playbook to generate easy scoring opportunities not just for him, but his teammates. Using a split cut in this way would indicate the play call was an “open corner Spain PNR,” which, while possessing all the required off-ball movements of an ordinary Spain pick-and-roll, is initiated with the sole purpose of creating space on the weak side corner for an open skip pass.

A split cut see Gavotte Green drag Tobias Harris into the low post, while Smart relocates to receive the ball from Emma. We should expect to see more variants of this play call as Walker continues to see floor time in his road back from stem cell treatment on his troublesome knee.

Jaylen Brown scored 25 for Boston, which had the best record in the Eastern Conference after winning five in a row but suffered its biggest blowout and lowest-scoring output of the season. Fellow Celtics All-Star Jayson Tatum missed his second straight game with COVID-19.

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“They’ve played extremely well short-handed, and dealing with a lot of tough stuff with guys being out,” Knicks coach Tom Thoreau said. Walker went to the locker room after taking a shot to the ribs while getting boxed out by Nerves Noel in the third quarter.

Walker scored nine points on 3-of-13 shooting, adding three rebounds, four assists and three steals but committing five turnovers. The Knicks had a 38-25 edge in bench scoring, led by Immanuel Quickley's 17 points and eight assists.

Knicks: Thoreau, who was an assistant on the Celtics team that won the 2008 NBA title, celebrated his 63rd birthday. ... Mitchell Robinson, who entered the game with a right heel bruise, left in the first quarter when he landed badly after being undercut by Jeff League.

Boston's previous lowest scoring game was 93 points against Detroit on New Year's Day. He has missed two games and three others were postponed because one or both teams didn’t have enough healthy players.

Knicks: Return home to face the Magic on Monday before a four-game West Coast swing. Topping soars to the rim for dunk (0:20)Immanuel Quickly finds a cutting Obi Topping, who flies toward the rim for the huge dunk.

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Once he finished with another big night at Madison Square Garden, it was Tack time. Walker scored a season-high 32 points, snapping out of an early season shooting slump with seven 3-pointers, and the Boston Celtics beat the winless New York Knicks 118-95 on Saturday night.

Walker began his Celtics career by going 4 for 18 in an opening loss to Philadelphia, and even with a strong finish against the Raptors was only 8 for 22. But the New York native and former Conn star thrived again at Madison Square Garden, going 11 for 17 overall and 7 for 12 behind the arc.

Jaylen Brown added 19 points for the Celtics, who won their second straight after beating NBA champion Toronto on Friday. Jayson Tatum had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Boston broke open a close game so thoroughly in the fourth quarter that 7-foot-5 rookie Tack Fall was able to make his NBA debut, scoring four points on a pair of loudly cheered dunks that required barely any jumping.

Rookie RJ Barrett scored 26 points for the Knicks, who were outscored 72-44 after halftime in their home opener and fell to 0-3. New York raced to an early lead and trailed only by six after three, but the Celtics scored the first eight points of the final period to make it 90-76.

The Celtics had a six-point lead with 5 minutes remaining in the half, but the Knicks outscored them 16-5 the rest of the way to bring a 51-46 advantage with them into the locker room. Boston did have Fall active for the first time after missing the first two games while in concussion protocol.

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Walker moved quickly to join the Celtics in free agency even though the Knicks had a need at point guard and the money to pay him. Dennis Smith Jr. continues to struggle after being sidelined with a back injury during preseason.

Has all the hard work he put in this summer and what he's shown so far proven to people yet that he can develop into a full time point guard for us? As of Nov. 11, he's averaging 19 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and has greatly increased his shooting from 36% to 43%, and 85% from the line.

His season highs have been 30 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds, and 8 steals. To me, he looks like the Conn Emma that we had all hoped we had drafted.

His confidence is soaring through the roof right now, and nobody can stay in front of him defensively. I'd almost say his speed, his ability to easily get his shot off, or drive into the lane at will and score over the trees is almost, Iversonesque... except without the selfishness and lack of a conscience.

Breaking down his weak points we identified last year, what improvements have he shown? Penetrating : While last year, Emma showed he could easily get past his man into the lane at will, it often ended in a turnover or blocked shot.

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When Dunlap enforced the concept of not leaving your feet before you're ready, it seems its completely reversed last year's problems. He either dribbles all the way through the lane back out to restart the play (Ala Steve Nash), or he knows his attack lanes and can create the angles and room to hit his floaters and layups.

He still needs work in perfecting the pick in roll (which I think he can become deadly with), but his decision-making shows he understands the game much better now, and knows what he is looking at. Defense : We all knew he was a quick and scrappy defender last year, but he often got lost and out of place, allowing his guy easy buckets too often.

This year, he seems to have that bulldog mentality that Elton used to bring defensively, and he relishes hounding guards down the court. Those eight steals against the Mass were incredible (with his rebounding ability as a guard, is he a threat for a quadruple double one day?).

DJ will always be a better long range shooter, but Emma is way more athletic in driving to the basket and can actually finish with contact now. I think we're in great hands with Emma as captain of the ship. This is only the beginning of his second year, so if he's showing signs of getting it now, he only has so much more to improve before he hits his prime.

Edited by QC Thunder cats, 11 November 2012 – 01:30 PM. He is who he is, so I don't need gaudy assist numbers as long as the offense is running smooth.

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You'd like to see a higher FG in general, but 43% is fine for a guy who plays the way he does. After his rookie year, I didn't expect Emma to bounce back like that.

“I don't care if he uses a sophisticated pulley and tackle system to get his shot off if the bitch goes in. As the guy who takes it on his own shoulders to make something happen when the team is struggling I don't see his FG getting much higher real soon, and I'm perfectly fine with that.

Nitpicking was all I was doing, but completely agree: with his role with the players that are often around him, that FG is fine. Seems to me, he is penetrating the defense more and making the right passes instead of always forcing things.

Definately a candidate for most improved player of the year Right now there are only four players from the 2011 draft who, in my opinion, are making a similar or bigger contribution to their teams.

I don't care if Emma shoots .40 or .50 from the field, as long as he makes the team better I'm cool with it. Take a look at Russel Westbrook for instance; he's considered as one of the best point guards in the league, and he shoots .43 for his career (and .29 from 3-point range).

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My only concern for Emma has been his shot, and while his 3 is looking brutal, his midrange is much improved and that's just fine. For a guy who can break down defenders off the dribble (as he did last night, buckling somebody's knees with a hesitation out and in dribble) he will become unstoppable if he can knock down that jumper consistently. As for his ball-hawking on defense...damn...he's turning into the second coming of Muggy.

I don't care if Emma shoots .40 or .50 from the field, as long as he makes the team better I'm cool with it. Take a look at Russel Westbrook for instance; he's considered as one of the best point guards in the league, and he shoots .43 for his career (and .29 from 3-point range).

I think his next step of development is staying efficient in the 2nd half when teams start to really dig in on defense. Emma lights it up early in the game then tapers off a lot in the 2nd halves.

It's no surprise he's behind a bit there since we were mostly getting blown out in the 2nd half of every game last year. When he gets that part down we might really have an all star PG on our hands Edited by Carnation, 12 November 2012 – 08:19 AM.

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