Charlotte Hornets

Point guard Walker out with groin injury

Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker missed Friday’s game against the Boston Celtics and could miss additional time while healing from a groin injury he suffered Wednesday against the Washington Wizards.

Walker told the Observer at morning shootaround that he injured himself late in the Wizards game while guarding point guard John Wall. Wall kept changing directions on his dribble, and Walker hurt himself.

Luke Ridnour made his first start with the Bobcats with Jannero Pargo backing him up. Ridnour came to the Bobcats, along with Gary Neal, in a February trade with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Ridnour has averaged 13.3 minutes per game with the Bobcats. Entering Friday, Walker was 18th in the league in average minutes played at 35.9 per game. The Bobcats entered last night’s game 4-3 this season when Walker has been out. Those games occurred before the trade, when Ramon Sessions was Walker’s backup.

Walker will be re-evaluated before Saturday’s home game against the Philadelphia 76ers. But Bobcats coach Steve Clifford made it clear in his pregame remarks Friday that his priority is getting Walker well for the playoffs, regardless of what remaining regular season games he might miss.

“I want him to be ready to go. I don’t know how serious it is or how long he needs,” Clifford said. “He’s got to be right for playoff intensity.”