January 18, 2021 | 6:01 am EST Update
Now, Boston will wait to see how Walker’s knee responds to him getting back on the court again, a process that will likely include a minutes limit for some time. “I don’t,” Walker said, when asked when his minutes limit will end. “I’m going to be honest, I hope it’s over next game. But I’m sure it’s going to be for a few games. “I’m just getting back. We just want to see how my knee reacts after these games and stuff like that. It’ll ramp up, though. I’ll get there. It’s no rush. I already took my time coming back, and I’m going to keep taking my time until I’m full go.”
“When did I feel fully healthy? I don’t know. … I can’t tell you exactly when,” Walker said. “But it’s just like … as the days go by, mentally, it’s just like every day, every day I’m not thinking about it. “At one point it was like, mentally that’s all I could think about. Like, on the court, in the bubble, that’s all I could think about was my knee. Every step I took, every move I made, it was something, even when I wasn’t playing. Now I’m out there and I’m trying to do a step-back and the first thing out of my mind is like, ‘Damn, this is probably going to hurt.’ Not even worried about making or missing the shot; it’s just about the pain.
Marc J. Spears: De’Aaron Fox is the first Kings player with 40 points & 10 assists in a game since Tiny Archibald on March 13, 1973 with the Kansas City Royals. Sadly for losing Sacramento, it has allowed 120 points in 8 straight games, tied for the 2nd-longest streak over the last 35 seasons
Jason Anderson: More from Luke Walton on De’Aaron Fox: “So much of the fourth-quarter games will come down to somebody just finding a way to get buckets. I thought De’Aaron did that at a very elite level tonight.”
Michael Singer: Michael Malone, on Campazzo’s role: “Unlike all the other teams he’s been with in Argentina, in Real Madrid, he’s not going to have the ball in his hands for 40 minutes a night. That’s just not the makeup of our team.”
Doncic had 36 points, 16 rebounds and 15 assists to post the 29th triple-double of his career, breaking a tie with Michael Jordan to move into 15th on the league’s all-time list. However, Doncic blamed himself for the loss, suggesting that he got caught up with his statistics after a spectacular first half. “The second half, I played terrible,” Doncic said. “That’s on me, that game. I was being selfish a little bit because I had 30 points in the first half. That wasn’t me in the second half. I’ve got to do way better in the second half. That’s just on me. I’ve got to do way better.”
Doncic became only the fourth player in NBA history to record at least 35 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists in a game and the youngest to do so. Oscar Robertson had five such performances. Wilt Chamberlain and James Harden each had one. “The stats are spectacular,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. “I mean, 36, 16 and 15, it’s phenomenal, but without a win, he won’t be happy with it, either. Right now, we’re entering the most difficult seven days of scheduling in Mavericks history. Individual stats are impressive, but we’re in the business of trying to win games.”