Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans reportedly will miss at least the next three games with plantar fasciitis. Posted by Ben Golliver.
We've followed the story of Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans' foot trouble carefully this season. Last week, Evans saw a foot specialist and received an MRI. Initially, it sounded like relatively good news, as the tests revealed that he didn't have a stress fracture, just an ongoing battle with plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is painful and can be debilitating, and the Sacramento Bee reports on Twitter that the ailment will force Evans to the sideline. The newspaper reports that Evans will not travel on the team's upcoming three-game road trip, meaning Evans is out at least a week.
Evans, the 2010 NBA Rookie of the Year, will miss a Tuesday game at the Houston Rockets, a Wednesday game at the New Orleans Hornets and a Friday game at the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Kings next play at home on Sunday, Dec. 19, when they host the Rockets.
The decision comes one day after Evans struggled in a loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday, playing 30 minutes but tallying just five points, one rebound and one assist, well below his season averages.
The Kings have the third worst offense in the NBA and those struggles will only be exacerbated in Evans's absence, as Evans is the team's leading scorer on the year with 16.5 points per game. Sacramento will try to make due with a backcourt that includes Beno Udrih, Pooh Jeter, Luther Heat and Francisco Garcia.
The foot trouble for Evans is more bad news for a Kings team that has had a nightmare start to the 2010-2011 NBA season. The Kings are currently 5-16, just 1-9 in their last 10, and sit in fourth place in the Pacific Division.
Update: As of early Monday morning, there is some waffling going on regarding whether or not Evans will sit this week. This post will update with any changes to Evans' status.
Update 2: Evans, contrary to the initial report, missed just one game and travelled with the Kings to their Wednesday night game against the New Orleans Hornets. The Hornets beat the Kings, 94-91, but Evans finished with a team-high 22 points and seven assists.