Irving is currently dealing with a minor quad injury, but he’s been on a tear when on the court recently. The Celtics’ linchpin is averaging 31.4 points, 5.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds over the last five contests while averaging 59.2 percent from the field, including 50.0 percent from distance on an elevated average of 7.2 three-point attempts per contest. All of those numbers represent significant increases over his season metrics, and as his most recent absence bore out, the well-being of the team’s offense is heavily predicated on him logging heavy minutes. Irving will sit out Wednesday night’s game against the Knicks with a thigh bruise, but he’s not expected to miss extended time.
Walker has scored more than 20 points in eight of the last 10 contests and fell just a point short of that threshold in th
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