Charlotte, NC - According to a RealGM.com Staff Report, Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker will miss up to two weeks due to a sever ankle sprain that he suffered against the Miami Heat. An MRI confirmed that Walker had sustained a second degree ankle sprain. It is possible that Walker could only miss 10 days, but he is highly expected to miss all of the two weeks maximum period.
Kemba Walker has started in 42 games this season for the Bobcats, and has been putting up career numbers. He is averaging 18.7 points, 5.0 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game. Those numbers are showing that he is starting to live up to the potential that the Bobcats saw in him when they made him the ninth overall draft pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
The Bobcats’ franchise hasn’t had all that much success in recent years, but they are currently sitting at 17-25 and are the ninth seeded team in the Eastern Conference. If they are able to survive the storm with Walker out over the next couple of weeks, they will be in very good position to make a run down the stretch at a playoff position. Obviously the loss of Walker is going to be a huge hit for them, but Ramon Sessions has played very well this season in relief of Walker.
Originally, the Bobcats were fearing that Walker could miss a much larger chunk of time and they are very happy with the diagnosis that he has received. All that being said, Walker will need to stay off of his ankle, and could very well be rusty when he finally returns to the court. Hopefully for Charlotte, he’s able to heal a bit quicker than expected and get in some practice during the next two weeks.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Hoops-Nation. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.