Charlotte Bobcats guard Kemba Walker violently sprained his left ankle in the third quarter of Saturday’s loss against the Miami Heat. Walker slipped on a wet spot while attempting to drive to the basket against Chris Bosh. His ankle completely turned over on it’s side in excruciating fashion. Walker writhed in pain for several minutes. Charlotte teammates had to carry him off the court, as no weight could be placed. X-rays were negative on the ankle.
This coming right after a spectacular block on the other end against Mario Chalmers. Maybe the ball boy should have wiped off that wet spot, huh?
This could be a real tough break for the promising young guard out of UConn and the Bobcats. Walker is in the midst of a breakout season averaging 19 points and five assists per game, and has finally figured out how to play under control. There have been murmurs this could be the guard’s first All-Star appearance of his career.
Walker’s backup Ramon Sessions responded soon after with a monster slam on LeBron James. I’d argue it’s the best dunk anyone has ever had on “King James,” considering he got slammed on by a 6-foot-3 point guard with no history of dunking. What made it even better was how Sessions slowed down on the fast break and baited LeBron into blocking it. Looked way too easy.
Sessions would presumably take over at the starting point guard spot if Walker is out for an extended period of time.
This continues a slew of injuries to point guards for the NBA this year. Kemba is now added to the list of Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and the entire Los Angeles Lakers rotation with point guard injuries. Let’s hope Walker’s injury isn’t as bad it looked. Sessions will make the top plays of the night, but LeBron and company got the last laugh with the victory in overtime.