Jayson Tatum may have been the hero at the end of the night, but the Celtics wouldn’t have had a chance to win Friday’s game if not for Kemba Walker. Not only did he earn 14 free throws in the 104-102 win over the Knicks, he made every single one. (For a complete recap of the Celtics' win, click here.)
Walker has already done it twice, in back-to-back games. He went 14-for-15 from the line in the win over Milwaukee.
Having someone who can draw fouls at will is something the Celtics have not had. Irving was too good at avoiding contact, and Tatum still isn’t getting the calls in the paint.
Now, Walker won’t be perfect every night like he was against the Knicks, with his performance against the Bucks being evidence — even though it was near perfect. But this means the Celtics have someone who can earn a trip to the line in an instant to help get the offense under control when things are chaotic. Someone who can drive and get opponents in foul trouble.