BOSTON -- Boston Celtics forward Antoine Walker missed
Sunday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers because of a deep
bruise in his left knee, and coach Doc Rivers said the star forward
might be out all week.
Walker was injured Friday against Atlanta. When he arrived at
the arena Sunday, he couldn't run, Rivers said.
"My assumption is he's not going to play the next game, either,
and maybe not the entire week," Rivers said after the Celtics'
97-93 loss to the Sixers. "That's the last I heard. That's what
they were leaning towards."
Walker on Monday presented the possibility it could be longer until his return.
"I don't have any mobility right now in my knee," Walker was
quoted as saying on the Boston Globe's Web site on Monday. "Until I
get that back, it's going to be a while until I play again."
He was hoping to play at Washington on Tuesday but
said a more realistic target for his return was Saturday's game
at New Jersey.
"It's a little iffy to get on that plane [for Tuesday's
game]. Hopefully, I'm able to ice it and control the swelling in
the air," he said on the Web site. "My hope is to play against Washington. But, right now, it
looks [more} like Saturday."
Chris Webber missed his third consecutive game with a sprained
left shoulder. He is expected to miss at least one more game before
returning. But Allen Iverson started Sunday after sitting out the
fourth quarter of Friday night's game with a strained groin.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.