Player News - Kings

Date: Team: Pos:

Ben McLemore (wrist) is doubtful to play against the Celtics on Sunday.

He only played 12 minutes in his return from a wrist injury on Friday, so maybe his wrist injury wasn't healed all the way. Assuming Darren Collison's minor knee issue is fine, he should benefit the most along with Marco Belinelli in the starting lineup.
Feb 6 - 4:49 PM

Rudy Gay (ankle) is doubtful to play against the Celtics on Sunday.

He rolled his ankle on Friday and did not return. The Kings will desperately need Gay to help save Karl's job, but that might not happen. If Gay doesn't play, Omri Casspi should get the start and get a chance to rebound from a rough stretch. Darren Collison and Marco Belinelli should also benefit.
Feb 6 - 4:43 PM

ESPN's Marc Stein reports the Kings are indeed weighing coach George Karl's future now.

They may have wanted to wait until the All-Star break, but it might not even happen. Worse yet, the next two games are in Boston and in Cleveland, so it might be tough for Karl to make it through that gauntlet. Karl is in Boston running practice on Saturday.
Feb 6 - 4:23 PM

The Kings are weighing the dismissal of coach George Karl, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Well, that didn't take long and it's hard not to think about DeMarcus Cousins' comments from earlier this evening. Cousins said the team losing isn't because of the players and said it's "a bigger issue." There were some pretty heavy rumors of Karl and Cousins having problems back in the summer and it looks like it's back on. The Kings are in Boston on Sunday, so that should be fun with all the Boogie-Boston trade rumors from the summer, as well.
Feb 6 - 2:40 AM

DeMarcus Cousins put up his first triple-double of the season with 24 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Nets during a 128-119 loss on Friday.

Boogie was not happy at the end of this game as his team allowed the Nets to score a season-high 128. "Not going to keep blaming the guys in the locker room," Cousins said. "We got a bigger issue." Fire up the grass and snake emojis? The Kings are fading fast while the Jazz have won five straight, so the Kings have a tough job on their hands. Expect the DeMarcus Cousins trade rumors to start up in some capacity even if they don't hold a lot of weight.
Feb 6 - 12:06 AM

Rajon Rondo scored 15 points with 15 assists, one rebound, three steals and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

Before the game, he said he wants to be in a system that allows him to have the ball in his hands and he doesn't have to shoot treys. Rondo did say the Kings are that kind of system, so don't start that rumor mill just yet. His toe injury didn't seem to bother him tonight.
Feb 5 - 11:57 PM

Darren Collison scored 25 points with three rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

There was a minor fall and he banged his knee, but he didn't seem bothered by it after that. Besides that, he was great and played 12 minutes at shooting guard. Collison's playing time has dwindled lately and it's caused his output to drop, too. Nobody else is doing much on the wing, so maybe DC gets hot again. Just keep an eye on him for now because Rudy Gay's injury seems minor.
Feb 5 - 11:52 PM

Ben McLemore scored five points with two assists and one steal in 12 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

He is losing playing time and it's not because of his wrist injury. Unless the Kings really start unloading players, McLemore can be ignored in almost all leagues.
Feb 5 - 11:50 PM

Rudy Gay has been diagnosed with a sprained left ankle, and he will be listed as day-to-day moving forward.

X-rays on Gay's left ankle came back negative, and it looks like he'll be questionable for Sacramento's upcoming back-to-back set Sunday vs. Boston and Monday vs. Cleveland. If he's forced into an extended absence, Omri Casspi, Willie Cauley-Stein and Darren Collison will benefit, with Casspi likely returning to the starting five.

Willie Cauley-Stein exited Friday's game vs. the Nets with a calf issue.

The game is a blowout, so Cauley-Stein is likely done for the night. He'll end his night with 16 points, six rebounds, one block, one steal and two turnovers in 29 minutes, and we'll be considering him questionable for Sunday's game in Boston.
Feb 5 - 9:43 PM

Rudy Gay (left ankle) will not return on Friday.

He tweaked his left ankle in the first quarter and tried to play through it, but it just wasn't feeling right for him. Omri Casspi will get a bump in minutes while Willie Cauley-Stein will play more, too. Darren Collison is also playing well tonight. Gay finished with two points, one rebound and one assist.
Feb 5 - 8:22 PM

Rudy Gay exited Friday's game after turning his left ankle and has returned.

Gay walked off under his own power and might be able to return after having the ankle re-taped. It looks like he is fine.
Feb 5 - 7:51 PM

DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo are starting against the Nets on Friday.

They were expected to play the whole time and the Kings probably should've never even said they were probable. Cousins should be the focal point as per usual tonight in Brooklyn.
Feb 5 - 7:41 PM

Marco Belinelli will remain in the Kings' starting lineup for at least their next five games, according to coach George Karl.

The Kings have five more games until the All-Star break, all on the road, and Karl will re-evaluate his lineups before their first post-break game on Feb. 19. This is great news for anyone rolling with Belinelli in their lineups, as he's averaging more points, 3-pointers, rebounds, assists and steals as a starter.
Feb 5 - 6:13 PM

Coach George Karl said DeMarcus Cousins is "cool" and he's "enjoyed the adventure" of tweaking his offensive game.

"I don't think Boogie is ever going to like coaches," Karl said. Karl did admit he did "stupid" things involving Cousins, so it was nice to see him take the blame. Karl praised Cousins' attitude in the preseason, as well. Cousins is expected to play tonight.
Source: Lowe Post
Feb 5 - 5:39 PM


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