He stuck Cleveland up for 21 points and Detroit for 23 at the start of the month. Last weekend he went for 21 and 23 against Memphis and Dallas. The door was never opened more than a crack in Boston, with tons of veterans and little margin for error, and when asked what everyone’s more or less been thinking — whether the Celtics missed out on a player they could have used — Walker couldn’t help but grin, saying, “Time will tell.”
For what it’s worth, Walker’s numbers have come in games that have basically been offensive orgies. Also, D’Antoni’s “Seven Seconds or Less” offense has the Knicks taking eight more shots per game (84.1) than the Celtics, who take the fewest shots per night in the league (76.1). Walker readily admits that people probably look twice at his numbers because of it.
“I’m pretty sure it’s a lot of detractors saying, ‘Anybody can do it in New York’s system,'” Walker said. “But it’s still a pro game. Still guys that get paid money to play at this professional level. Whatever I’m doing with whoever’s system, it’s still the NBA game.”