Player News - Kings

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DeMarcus Cousins will be suspended for Wednesday's game against the Suns.

He picked up his 16th foul on Sunday night and the league will not rescind that infraction. Cousins was outstanding this season and averaged 22.7 points, 11.7 boards, 2.9 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.5 steals on 49.6 percent from the field. He'll be a top-20 pick in fantasy drafts next season. As for Wednesday, Reggie Evans and Jason Thompson figure to get more run, but they're not particularly strong plays on a 15-game night.
Apr 14 - 5:32 PM

Kings rookie Ben McLemore scored 19 points on 6-of-11 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs with three 3-pointers on Sunday, marking his second-highest scoring total of the season.

His 39 minutes were second only to Derrick Williams and it's encouraging to see him catch fire from the field, since his 37.0 percent shooting is a glaring problem for a 'shooting guard'. He was the No. 7 pick in the 2013 draft and the Kings have played him 26 minutes per game as a rookie, so he should get no lack of opportunities during his sophomore season.
Apr 14 - 12:40 AM

Isaiah Thomas (quad) made a surprising return to action on Sunday, starting at PG and finishing with 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting, three rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes.

Thomas had been targeting a return on Wednesday but he felt good during pre-game warmups and decided to suit up with the training staff's blessing. He looked great in the first quarter and the only real problem seemed to be his conditioning, so he should be fine for Wednesday's season finale.
Apr 14 - 12:03 AM

Ray McCallum shifted to the bench on Sunday, scoring 11 points with three rebounds, six assists and one block in 28 minutes of action.

The rookie averaged 45 minutes while filling in as a starter, so there's no way to sugarcoat the loss of value with Isaiah Thomas (quad) back in action. IT2 is headed for a payday as a restricted free agent and McCallum could find himself with an unquestioned starting job if the Kings balk at matching his contract.
Apr 14 - 12:01 AM

Derrick Williams had 13 points, one 3-pointer, four rebounds and one steal in another fill-in start at SF for the Kings on Sunday.

Rudy Gay was a late scratch due to his ongoing back injury, so D-Will logged 40 minutes in a tough three-point win. He averaged 12.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 13 starts this season, but the Kings' personnel moves this season may determine his fantasy value for 2014-15.
Apr 14 - 12:00 AM

DeMarcus Cousins picked up his 16th technical foul of the season on Sunday, which means he'll be suspended for the Kings' season finale on Wednesday.

The technical may be rescinded, but if not DMC went out with a bang, scoring 35 points on 13-of-21 shooting with 15 rebounds, six assists, one steal and three blocks. He also became the eighth-leading scorer in Kings' franchise history with 5,178 points in his brief career, and there's some consolation in the fact that he didn't earn this suspension until the season's final game.
Apr 13 - 11:51 PM

Updating a previous report, Isaiah Thomas (quad) will start Sunday's game in place of rookie Ray McCallum.

Thomas was originally ruled out, then listed as doubtful, then questionable, and now he's starting. He may not play a ton of minutes in his first game back after a long absence, but it's still good news for the Kings and anyone who held onto him despite his injury and the threat of him being shut down for the year.
Apr 13 - 9:04 PM

Isaiah Thomas (quad) will be 'active' for the Kings on Sunday, though it's uncertain whether he'll play.

Thomas feels good enough to suit up but coach Mike Malone may take the cautious route and bench him again, before starting him in Wednesday's finale. Most fantasy owners are probably riding Ray McCallum at this point, especially since IT2 wasn't expected to return this weekend, so this may throw a wrench in the works.
Apr 13 - 8:37 PM

Kings coach Mike Malone said that there's an "outside chance" Isaiah Thomas (quad) will return on Sunday.

Thomas wasn't expected to play this weekend and he's been targeting a Wednesday return, but it's encouraging that he'll at least try to warm up. If he doesn't play, rookie Ray McCallum will once again play all the minutes he can handle at PG.
Apr 13 - 7:33 PM

Rudy Gay's sore back will sideline him for Sunday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

Gay returned to action on Saturday, scoring 16 points in 34 minutes, but he may have aggravated his injury in the process. Derrick Williams will fill in at SF in his absence, and it's unclear if Gay will attempt to return for Wednesday's season finale.
Apr 13 - 7:23 PM

Rudy Gay (back) started Saturday's game, as expected, and finished with 16 points on 6-of-18 shooting, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

He wasn't exactly sharp offensively but he still logged 34 minutes and should be ready to go on Sunday as long as his back doesn't seize up on him.
Apr 12 - 6:55 PM

Ben McLemore was ejected from Saturday's game after picking up two technical fouls, and he finished the game with 14 points, two 3-pointers and one rebound in 32 minutes.

McLemore's second technical was assessed after he pushed J.J. Redick in the face, though it's unlikely to result in any further punishment or suspension. Travis Outlaw and Jared Cunningham added six points apiece to lead the Kings' reserves, but it wasn't nearly enough to steal a road win vs. the Clippers.
Apr 12 - 6:52 PM

DeMarcus Cousins scored 32 points in Saturday's road loss, making 12-of-27 FGs and 8-of-9 FTs with 12 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks.

The Kings aren't going anywhere with their 27-53 record, but Cousins isn't coasting down the stretch with five-game averages of 26.6 points, 11.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.2 blocks. He'll look to finish on a high note with two home games vs. the Wolves (Sunday) and Suns (Wednesday).
Apr 12 - 6:51 PM

Updating a previous report, Isaiah Thomas will not play on Saturday or Sunday but he could return for Wednesday's season finale.

IT2 was hoping to return for Sunday's game but coach Mike Malone doesn't want him to play without having first practiced. Ray McCallum should once again play big minutes as the Kings' starting PG, a role in which he's averaged 14.4 points, 1.1 threes, 3.6 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 1.7 steals.
Apr 12 - 2:46 PM

Isaiah Thomas (quad) is not expected to play on Saturday, according to Kings writer James Ham.

Thomas' official status hasn't yet been disclosed but owners should anticipate being without him for at least one more game. He said that he's aiming to return on either Sunday or for Wednesday's season finale, and he deserves some credit for at least trying to return this late in a lost season.
Apr 12 - 1:54 PM


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