Kemba Walker has been playing like an NBA All-Star, even if he didn’t get his passport stamped for Toronto back in February. Walker’s ferocity has raised the level of his team, and Charlotte looks like a certain playoff contender. (And if they finish in the eighth spot, a team that could the Eastern Conference leading Cavaliers some trouble.)
Walker scored 34 points to lead the Hornets over the T-Wolves 108-103 on Monday, marking his third straight 30-plus point outing. “I had to step up a little bit trying to get the momentum back and trying to bring some energy,” Walker said, describing his 21-point 3rd quarter outburst that included 5-of-5 from three. But Walker was careful not to take all the credit. He sees himself as a catalyst, which reflects a mature playoff team’s mentality. Especially when it comes from the point guard. “Me scoring got other guys going, especially on the defensive end where we got stops.” Walker’s priorities, emphasis and awareness sound like a coach’s more than like a player on a hot streak. He’s scored 30 or more in eleven games this year.