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Is Kemba Walker to blame for the Celtics’ struggles? | First Take

Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman weigh in on who is to blame for the Boston Celtics’ struggles. 0:00 Max Kellerman talks GM Danny Ainge, Kemba Walker and who deserves the most blame in Boston. 1:19 Max highlights the contributions of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. 2:20 Stephen A. on Kemba’s injuries and the Celtics’…

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Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman weigh in on who is to blame for the Boston Celtics’ struggles.

0:00 Max Kellerman talks GM Danny Ainge, Kemba Walker and who deserves the most blame in Boston.
1:19 Max highlights the contributions of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.
2:20 Stephen A. on Kemba’s injuries and the Celtics’ record.
3:50 Stephen A. explains why Brad Stevens is responsible for the Celtics’ late-game collapse vs. the New Orleans Pelicans.
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    NBA on ESPN

    February 22, 2021 at 11:31 am

    0:00​ Max Kellerman talks GM Danny Ainge, Kemba Walker and who deserves the most blame in Boston.
    1:19​ Max highlights the contributions of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.
    2:20​ Stephen A. on Kemba’s injuries and the Celtics’ record.
    3:50​ Stephen A. explains why Brad Stevens is responsible for the Celtics’ late-game collapse vs. the New Orleans Pelicans.

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      Setty Musa

      February 22, 2021 at 12:09 pm

      Marcus smart is a defensive player, then they struggle because he’s hurt. Max

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    Underrated

    February 22, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    Should’ve never got rid of IT 🤷🏽‍♂️

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    John Pestano

    February 22, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    the Celtics have been struggling lately they have been losing to bad teams Ainge is to blame but so are the players

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    Ricky Tyson

    February 22, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    Kemba got to change his game,he starting to look too little for the league

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    Wan Hundo

    February 22, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    🙄 SAS shut up bro. Kemba was trash in the playoffs last year and he sucks this year trying to comeback before he’s 100%

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    Michael N

    February 22, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    No one should be blamed. Kemba was fine the last four games, one bad game and it’s brutal hot takes. Jaylen couldn’t shoot yesterday either. Prior to this Kemba was averaging 22 pts a game over last four games and they won 3 out of 4. They should have won yesterday but Stevens played games trying to squeeze some rest and it didn’t work. When stars play together we continue to play pretty well. Our issue has been staggering lineups and smart helps that a lot.

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      Michael N

      February 22, 2021 at 5:47 pm

      The late game collapse is the staggering lineups. We choose to run 1 guy and scrubs half of every fourth quarter and we lose lead every time during that period. Or we tank late third and lose then. This isn’t rocket science. Our starting lineup is great, our secondary guys aren’t holding the fort. Period.

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    Cameron No

    February 22, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    I wonder how they would be with G Hayward

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    Alexander the Great

    February 22, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    I will say it until I die, the greatest thing MJ did was not to give Kemba a supermax

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    Anthony Taylor

    February 22, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    Play carsen Edwards

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    Jayden Moon

    February 22, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Vucevic would be a nice addition if they can get him – That would give them extra scoring from the 3 and interior

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    Yvad Rosado

    February 22, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    Bruh they got talent…. in the East. Blame Kenna and Stevens

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    Uncle Drew's Best

    February 22, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    I dont think its kemba to blame Its already clear that the celtics is the one to blame cause every player who came to their team and meant to be a leader ultimately became a bust
    Starting from kyrie and last year they even compare that kemba would be better leader than Kyrie but what happens now kemba also became a bust

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    Travon Rumph

    February 22, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    Kemba gone ball he’s more proven this more about the younger guys

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    Keyser Söze

    February 22, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    Celtic’s old rings don’t count they are not on par with the lakers

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    TallestFiddle

    February 22, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    Lots of issues, they are both right. Also, JT and JB are great players, but they aren’t great at passing and creating good shots for their teammates.

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    KappaAlpha Omega

    February 22, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    Finally someone said is trade kemba like I’m tired of everyone saying it was a good trade it’s not like the Celtics should be in the finals rn if the weren’t getting robbed by owner ship

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    stryd

    February 22, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    It’s literally a 4v5 if Kemba’s missing shots

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    b0rge VIPER

    February 22, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    I was shaking my head when the Charlotte Hornets let Kemba walk away. Now I think it was a good idea letting him go and giving Gordon Hayward a max deal.

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    Grady McKinney

    February 22, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    *SAS-isms*
    Kember Walker
    Utar Jazz
    Dennis Shrayder
    Graymond Dreen 😭😂

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    tubewatcher1979

    February 22, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Kemba on the Celtics is subtraction by addition.

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    Catcher Freeman

    February 22, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Celtics should’ve gotten Dru Holliday

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    Ermanno Sorricchio di Valforte

    February 22, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Stephen A. better bring his crusade for more black coaches and executives elsewhere, the Timberwolves for example, ’cause neither Brad Stevens nor Danny Ainge are going anywhere.

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    czars salad

    February 22, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Pritchard needs to take some of Kemba’s minutes

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    C-major

    February 22, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Honestly can we get somebody like a KG to come coach this team? Feel like he would make a good coach

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    Drew Holliday

    February 22, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    There is nothing they can do. Eventually you have to stop blaming Isiah Thomas, Kyrie and Kemba. This Roster does not work.

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