Kemba Walker 'loves' the way Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown are playing for Celtics

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Kemba 'loves' the way Tatum and Brown are playing for Celtics originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Celtics are at their best when Kemba Walker is healthy and in the lineup, but they've done a great job weathering the storm in his absence over the first few weeks of the 2020-21 NBA season.

Walker has not played for the Celtics this season as he rehabs his left knee. He did return to practice Thursday, and there's no specific date for when he'll be back for game action.

The All-Star point guard very much likes how his teammates have played to begin the season, and two of the players he singled out were Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

“I feel good about the team. I’m loving the way they’re playing, especially our two superstars,” Walker said. “Those guys have really been holding the fort down and just absolutely killing it.”

Tatum and Brown have carried the Celtics offensively to start the campaign. Tatum is averaging 26.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, while Brown is averaging 26.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest. Both players are shooting better than 47 percent from the floor and higher than 40 percent from the 3-point range. Each player has given a 40-point performance, too. 

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While the superstar-level play from Tatum and Brown might surprise some fans around the league, Walker isn't surprised at all, and he pointed to these young players' work ethic as one reason for their success in 2021.

“They've been just absolutely killing it," Walker said. "Just taking their games to a whole different level. It’s really been exciting to watch. I think for me, though, I really see those guys in the gym. I really see these two guys in the gym, working on their stuff, working on their game, and just continuously getting better. And then I see them do this stuff that they’re working on in the game.

“For me, being close up, that’s what makes me their biggest fans -- the work that they put out. I know everybody sees the highlights and watches the games, but I see the behind-the-scenes. I think that’s the most impressive thing to me. Those guys just work hard, man. That’s what I love the most about them. Their work ethic is second to none. That’s the most exciting part about it.”

The Celtics have not played since last Friday due to health and safety protocols related to COVID-19, and their last three games have been postponed.

Boston is scheduled to return to the court Friday night against the Orlando Magic at TD Garden. A win would improve the Celtics' record to 8-3 and maintain their position atop the Eastern Conference standings.