The Charlotte Bobcats were demolished on Wednesday night by the Brooklyn Nets in their final game before 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend. The story from the game was really sloppy play from Charlotte on the second night of a back-to-back and the Nets’ stifling defense that stomped out any real chance the Bobcats had of grabbing a victory.
One of the positives that the Bobcats were able to take away from Brooklyn, though, was the fact that point guard Kemba Walker looked his best since returning to the action at the start of last week. His line of 16 points, three assists and three rebounds wasn’t stunning, but Walker seemed to be the most in-rhythm and moving the best since he got back in the lineup.
Walker missed a little over two weeks at the end of January due to an ankle injury. Since returning, he had been inconsistent and seemed to have garnered a lot of rust over those couple of weeks. Moreover, he wasn’t moving like someone who was fully healthy and seemed to be laboring a bit until his performance against the Nets.
Walker showing positive signs against Brooklyn is a positive for him and the team, but the timing of the All-Star break is an even bigger plus for both parties. The Bobcats can come into the break and get everyone rest, most importantly getting Walker rest and more time to let his ankle fully heal.
Walker has continued to show progression as an NBA point guard when he’s been on the floor this year, his efforts notably aided by having a fantastic pick-and-roll partner in Al Jefferson to work with. If the Bobcats want to continue to stay in the playoff race, they’ll need Walker in top form. Hopefully the All-Star break will give him the opportunity to get healthy and back in gear.