Celtics’ Kemba Walker to play “18-20 minutes” in “seeding game” opener

BOSTON, MA. - DECEMBER 12: Jayson Tatum #0 and Semi Ojeleye #37 of the Boston Celtics celebrate Kemba Walker #8 getting fouled after his 3-pointer during the first quarter of the NBA game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Td Garden on December 12, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker will be limited to 18-20 minutes in the team’s first “seeding game” on July 31 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Despite the minutes’ restrictions, head coach Brad Stevens said Walker is “maybe even a bit ahead of schedule”, according to Jay King of The Athletic.

Stevens also said he plans to ramp up Walker’s minutes, so he’ll be on pace to play just about a full workload by the end of the “seeding games”.

Walker also spoke about the minutes limit he’ll be on.

“It’s frustrating. This is the first time in my career I’ve ever had to go through this, so it’s tough,” Walker said, via Jared Weiss of The Athletic. “But I’ll get there. I know what it’s about … I’m working every single day to get myself prepared to play big minutes in the future.”

The goal will be to have Walker at 100 percent for the Celtics’ playoff push.