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Bill Walker in the NBA playoffs

Apr. 16, 2009 @ 06:54 PM

HUNTINGTON — Bill Walker of the Boston Celtics is the Tri-State connection to the NBA playoffs.

Walker, a Huntington native, appeared in 29 regular season games for Boston on its way to a 62-20 record and first place in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.

Boston and the Chicago Bulls begin a first-round playoff series Saturday.

O.J. Mayo of Huntington, a first-round draft pick, scored 18.5 points a game as a rookie guard, but the Memphis Grizzlies missed the playoffs with a 24-58 record.

New York Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni, a former Marshall University point guard, is also sitting the playoffs out. The Knicks were 32-50.

Walker is a 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward and a second-round draft choice by the Minnesota Timberwolves who traded his rights to the Celtics.

He averages 3.0 points and 1.0 rebounds.