Walker sat out vs. Sixers with bruised knee

Updated: April 4, 2005, 1:19 PM ET
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BOSTON -- Boston Celtics forward Antoine Walker missed Sunday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers because of a deep bruise in his left knee, and coach Doc Rivers said the star forward might be out all week.

Antoine Walker
Forward
Boston Celtics
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2004-2005 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
70 19.7 9.2 3.5 .420 .537

Walker was injured Friday against Atlanta. When he arrived at the arena Sunday, he couldn't run, Rivers said.

"My assumption is he's not going to play the next game, either, and maybe not the entire week," Rivers said after the Celtics' 97-93 loss to the Sixers. "That's the last I heard. That's what they were leaning towards."

Walker on Monday presented the possibility it could be longer until his return.

"I don't have any mobility right now in my knee," Walker was quoted as saying on the Boston Globe's Web site on Monday. "Until I get that back, it's going to be a while until I play again."

He was hoping to play at Washington on Tuesday but said a more realistic target for his return was Saturday's game at New Jersey.

"It's a little iffy to get on that plane [for Tuesday's game]. Hopefully, I'm able to ice it and control the swelling in the air," he said on the Web site. "My hope is to play against Washington. But, right now, it looks [more} like Saturday."

Chris Webber missed his third consecutive game with a sprained left shoulder. He is expected to miss at least one more game before returning. But Allen Iverson started Sunday after sitting out the fourth quarter of Friday night's game with a strained groin.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.