The playoff-bound Charlotte Bobcats (that still sounds weird) were without point guard Kemba Walker on Friday night while he nurses a strained groin. The Bobcats lost the game to the Boston Celtics, and fell to the number seven seed in the playoff picture.
The team doesn’t think Walker’s groin injury is too serious, but he won’t play in any of the last few regular season games if the Bobcats’ training staff believes the groin needs more rest before the playoffs begin.
“I want him to be ready to go. I don’t know how serious it is or how long he needs,” head coach Steve Clifford told The Charlotte Observer. “He’s got to be right for playoff intensity.”
Walker injured the groin on Wednesday against the Washington Wizards while guarding point guard John Wall.
Luke Ridnour, who has averaged 13.3 minutes per game with the Bobcats, made his first start with the team, and will man the point guard position along with Jannero Pargo in Walker’s absence.
The Bobcats are now 4-4 this season when Walker is out of the lineup.