Tag:Tyreke Evans
Posted on: December 20, 2010 1:33 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:42 pm

Bucks' Jennings out 4-6 weeks with foot fracture

Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings is expected to miss a month or more with a fractured left foot. Posted by Ben Golliverbrandon-jennings

Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings has upped his production pretty much across the board in his second NBA season, a nice follow-up to a rookie year that found him in contention for the 2010 Rookie of the Year. And unlike his fellow Rookie of the Year candidates, Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, he hadn't missed any time due to injuries, starting in all 25 of Milwaukee's games to date. That run comes to an end Monday, as Journal-Times.com reports on Twitter that Jennings is expected to miss "at least four weeks" with a foot injury after undergoing an MRI and will not be active for Monday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers.  The Bucks later issued a press release that calls the injury a "fractured left foot - fifth metatarsal" and puts Jennings' recovery timeline at 4-6 weeks after a surgery that will will be performed Monday afternoon. It wasn't clear this past weekend exactly what was troubling Jennings. He told the Journal Sentinel he felt pain throughout his left leg and that it was limiting his mobility.
Jennings said he was expecting to have tests on his left foot, which he injured when he fell awkwardly in the first half against San Antonio on Wednesday night.
But he returned for the second half against the Spurs and played 30 minutes Saturday. Jennings has started in every game since the Bucks selected him with the 10th pick in the 2009 draft, a total of 107 consecutive regular-season games and seven playoff games. "At first it was my knee and it went down to my ankle, but right now I don't know what the real problem is, so I'm not going to talk about it too much," Jennings said. "I wanted to give it a go just to see what it felt like. "But not a lot of really good lateral movement for me. I couldn't really come off the screens and do what I want to do because of the foot."
Jennings is currently leading the Bucks in scoring at 17.9 points per game and has averaged 4.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.2 steals so far this season. Even though he's taking more shots this year, he's improved his overall field goal percentage from 37.1% to 39.1%, nothing to write home about, but it is progress. Despite his scoring numbers, he's known around the league as a flashy playmaker, and his ability to spread the ball around has ensured that teammates John Salmons, Drew Gooden and Corey Maggette are all averaging in double figures this season. The Bucks were already off to a disappointing start at 10-15, good third place in the Central Division, and the loss of their top scorer and main playmaker only makes things worse. Milwaukee will be forced to get by with backups Keyon Dooling and Earl Boykins, a pretty unappetizing pair. Dooling, as unimpressive as it gets, and Boykins, as undersized as it gets, could make for an ugly December and January for Bucks fans.  That all three 2010 Rookie of the Year finalists have now been burdened with injuries so early this season is an unfortunate coincidence. Evans has battled plantar fasciitis, causing him to miss time last week, while Curry, who has rolled his ankle more times than anyone can count, is hoping for a Christmas return after his latest injury. Is this what they mean by sophomore slump?
Posted on: December 12, 2010 10:22 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:31 pm

Report: Kings' Evans to miss at least 3 games

Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans reportedly will miss at least the next three games with plantar fasciitis. Posted by Ben Golliver  tyreke-evans

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.
Posted on: December 10, 2010 5:32 pm

MRI reveals no stress fracture for Tyreke Evans

Posted by Royce Young

Tyreke Evans has been struggling a bit this season. Not just on the court though. But with a nagging injury. And that's probably what's affected some of his output thus far for the Kings.

Sacramento announced what many already knew earlier in the week that Evans has plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation in the foot. For a player that cuts and moves as much and as hard as Evans, surely it's having an impact on his play.

But because of all the stress on his foot, there was some worry he might have a stress fracture. He underwent a precautionary MRI and according to the Kings via Sactown Royalty, there's no fracture. Phew.

Evans' field goal percentage has fallen below 40 percent this season, down from 45 percent during his Rookie of the Year 2009-10 season. He's only playing a minute per game less this year, but yet Evans' per-game averages have all dipped. This season, he's is averaging 17.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game, which is somewhat disappointing considering the season he put up as a rookie.

The next game for the Kings is Saturday against the Miami Heat . Coach Paul Westphal has said he will only rest Evans if the player or medical staff indicate that it is needed. And by the way Evans has dealt with it thus far, there's no reason to think he's going to miss or want to sit out any more.
Category: NBA
Posted on: December 10, 2010 9:34 am
Edited on: December 10, 2010 11:50 am

Shootaround 12.10.10: Shaq calls Griffin fabulous

Shaq says Blake Griffin is "fabulous,' the Heat are working towards progress, and some in New Orleans want to save their Hornets.
Posted by Matt Moore

  • Shaquille O'Neal on Blake Griffin: "He's fabulous ." Take a second and let that quote sink in. Shaq just described the most explosive rookie to enter the NBA in years in much the same way Lady Gaga likely discusses her latest dress made out of asbestos or drywall or whatever. An odd choice of words for anyone else. Par for the Shaq course.
  • Zach Lowe of SI on a specific shape the Heat have begun to implement: "The Heat have started to position James, Bosh and Wade in a triangle on the same side of the floor. They don’t do it often, but they’re trying it and are getting good results so far. Perhaps the best example happened about four minutes into the first quarter Wednesday. As Carlos Arroyo brought the ball up the left side, the three Miami stars took up residency on the opposite side — Wade in the right corner, Bosh at the right elbow and James on the right wing beyond the three-point line. A nice little $340 million obtuse triangle."
  • Rob Mahoney breaks down the accepted definition of All-Star, then asks the question, what should make an All-Star ?
  • Very quietly, the Kings are awaiting an MRI on the foot of Tyreke Evans. The whispers involve a term that rhymes with "shress shractshure." As of now he only has plantar fasciitis, which was confirmed by a foot expert this week.
Posted on: December 9, 2010 1:43 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:25 pm

Kings assistant Mario Elie arrested on DUI charge

Sacramento Kings assistant coach Mario Elie was arrested Wednesday night on Driving Under the Influence charges. Posted by Ben Golliver. mario-elie

You can't spell "Drinking" without K-I-N-G. 
Yes, I already regret that sentence, but it's true. Sacramento Kings assistant coach Mario Elie, he of the world champion Houston Rockets from the mid-1990s, was reportedly arrested on DUI charges Wednesday night, becoming the fourth member of the organization in the last 12 months to find himself in that situation. Take it away SacTownRoyalty.com.
Kings assistant coach Mario Elie became the latest member of the franchise to be arrested on DUI charges. KHTK 1140 AM broke the news that Elie was arrested at 2 a.m. in Sacramento, held overnight and released after bail was posted in the morning.
Elie joined the team as one of Paul Westphal's assistant coaches before the 2009-10. As the Kings have strugged, Elie was seen as the assistant most likely to take over the head coach's chair had the franchise decided to cut ties with Westphal. There is no chance that will happen now.
The Kings' current predicament offers plenty of reasons to hit the bottle for coaches and fans alike -- 2-8 in their last 10 games, questions about Tyreke Evans' foot, even more questions about DeMarcus Cousins' attitude -- but there's never an excuse for getting behind the wheel after drowning your sorrows.  Unfortunately for the Kings, this runs deeper than a single bad decision on Elie's behalf. In the past 12 months, two (now former) players -- Andres Nocioni and Antoine Wright -- were arrested on DUI charges, as was co-owner George Maloof. Throw in Evans' reckless driving and the Kings become, without question, more menacing on the highways and byways than they are on the hardwood. Surely, a large donation to Mothers Against Drunk Driving and a commitment to raise public awareness about designated drivers is in this franchise's future. Let's just hope the rest of the Kings employees are paying attention during the lip service.
Posted on: December 9, 2010 8:10 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:22 pm

Shootaround 12.09.10: Rocking out with Rony

Former NBA player turns club DJ, questions about Tyreke Evans' foot, Derek Fisher drops the Clippers, the Blazers fret about a lockout, Antoine Walker airballs a free throw, and a bunch more. Posted by Ben Golliver
  • Former Miami Heat center Rony Seikaly is now a party DJ playing in clubs across the globe, the New York Times reports. “I’m not doing this to be a celebrity,” Seikaly said. “I’m not doing this to become famous. I’m doing this just to share the love, and to share the music.”
  • Duke point guard Kyrie Irving, the potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, "could miss the rest of the season with a right toe injury," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told the media.
Posted on: December 9, 2010 8:07 am
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Posted on: December 7, 2010 10:24 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2010 10:29 pm

Tyreke Evans will see foot specialist

Kings rookie struggles with plantar fasciitis, will see specialist.  Posted by Matt Moore

Plantar faciitis is such a bummer of an injury. It takes power forwards and makes them statues, and turns guards into cars without fuel, coasting along with someone behind them pushing. Everything gets more difficult, and worse, it's a painful, distracting injury that only really gets better with rest. But that's not stopping Tyreke Evans from trying to figure out an alternative. 

Evans tweeted today that he'll be visiting a specialist for his foot. He maintains it's not a concern, just something his agent wants him to do, but the fact that the problem has been escalated to this point means there's a significant issue with it. It's clearly affecting his play. Evans has been tentative, inconsistent, and much less explosive this season than he was in his historic rookie season. 

Also, "blessed!"

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