Lawson (knee) returned to the lineup Monday against the Grizzlies and he finished with 10 points (2-3 FG, 6-10 FT) over 19 minutes. Lawson missed Sunday's outing against the Rockets with a sore right knee, but he didn't show any ill effects of the injury in this performance. He dropped 20 points in 24 minutes in Friday's appearance against the Warriors, but you should expect production somewhere in between that outing and Monday's performance.
Lawson won't be available off the bench Sunday against the Rockets due to right knee soreness, Kings sideline reporter Kayte Christensen reports. The Kings didn't list Lawson on the injury report prior to Sunday's game, so the point guard may have tweaked the knee in pregame warmups. It's likely not a major concern for Lawson, as the Kings have been holding out their veterans fairly liberally for minor injuries or rest purposes since the All-Star break in an effort to evaluate younger options and improve their odds in the draft lottery. Lawson was coming off a 20-point, two-assist performance over 24 minutes in Friday's loss to the Warriors, but don't expect him to deliver many outings of that caliber over the final two and a half weeks of the season. He was averaging just 8.0 points, 5.0 assists, 1.8 rebounds and 1.0 three-pointer in 22.8 minutes per game in his prior six appearances before the 20-point outburst.
Lawson will get the start at point guard for Friday's matchup against the Warriors. The Kings have opted to give Darren Collison the night off for rest purposes, so Lawson figures carry most of the load at point guard as a result. The veteran is averaging 8.8 points, 3.1 boards, and 5.5 assists in 21 starts this season. Expect him to return to a reserve role in Sunday's game against the Clippers.
Lawson appeared in court in Denver on Thursday and denied allegations that he violated the terms of his probation stemming from his 2015 DUI conviction, Jesse Paul of The Denver Post reports. Denver court records alleged that Lawson violated probation by testing positive for alcohol on two occasions back in September 2016 and once in February 2017, but Lawson and his lawyer refuted those claims, instead asking that the 29-year-old be monitored by an alcohol testing device before appearing in court again in six weeks. That timetable means that Lawson likely won't be in store from any punishment from the league before the season concludes, but since his contract is set to expire this summer, it wouldn't be surprising if Kings coach Dave Joerger elected to phase the veteran out of the rotation in order to evaluate younger guards signed beyond 2016-17. Lawson is averaging 8.0 points, 5.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 22.8 minutes per game over his last six appearances and doesn't offer much appeal outside of deeper leagues.
Lawson will sit out Wednesday's game against the Bucks for rest, James Ham of CSN Bay Area reports. Lawson will be getting his second night off for rest over the past five games, as the Kings continue to alternate days off for some of their veteran players. He should be back in the lineup come Friday's game against the Warriors, but in the meantime, Darren Collison should get the bulk of the point guard minutes, while guys like Garrett Temple and Langston Galloway could see added time off the bench.
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