Posted on: December 12, 2010 10:22 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:31 pm
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.
Posted on: December 10, 2010 5:32 pm
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.
Posted on: December 10, 2010 9:34 am
Edited on: December 10, 2010 11:50 am
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
Posted on: December 9, 2010 1:43 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:25 pm
Sacramento Kings assistant coach Mario Elie was arrested Wednesday night on Driving Under the Influence charges. Posted by Ben Golliver.
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
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.
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
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.
Posted on: December 1, 2010 1:11 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2010 1:11 pm
Posted by Matt Moore
Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.
THE BIG ONE: Lakers drown in a pool of Kobe
Kobe Bryant shot 9-25 last night, and given the chance, I'm pretty sure he'd shoot 18 of 50. For whatever reason, Bryant is unable to comprehend that more and more there are nights where he "doesn't have it" and continues to keep shooting the Lakers out of games, despite the fact that their offense makes it nearly impossible not to produce when executed with any reasonable set of effort. Bryant got hot in the third quarter of this game, and then:
That happened. And then more of that. Generally, lots of that. But the bigger problem of course was LA's defense, as noted by Silver Screen and Roll :
Xavier Henry's emergence was downright baffling last night. His shot release is something akin to a sideways-launched screwball with the release time of a short documentary film but last night it was falling. The Lakers gave it to him, trusting the rookie would fail. He did not.
The final two possessions of this game were downright baffling. Conley dribbles off a Marc Gasol pick, Gasol rolls, and Conley attempts to throw a lob pass over Pau Gasol. Conley was right with his decision, wrong with his execution, and Pau took it away with those long meaty paws. Fast break to Kobe, who takes O.J. Mayo into the lane, Gay comes over to help, Kobe hesitates, then jumps. O.J. Mayo is not a tremendously athletic "burster." He has great top speed but not great leaping ability. He jumped higher than I've ever seen him jump, forcing Bryant to kick out to Artest who had Rudy Gay close on him. Game over.
GO-GO-GADGET LINE OF THE NIGHT:
Amar'e Stoudemire: 35 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block
Danny Granger: 37 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block
Raymond Felton has gotten it. Not "is starting to get it." He has gotten it. Amid his 21 point, 7 rebound, 10 assist, 3 steal performance in last night in a win over the Nets, Felton took a high pick from Stoudemire and rolled right. As the defense sagged baseline to cut off his approach, he bounce passed to Stoudemire who finished with a fury. It was Nash-like. It looked straight out of Phoenix circa 2006. And it's the precise kind of play that Felton needed to make earlier in the season that he's making now.
With Felton on an absolutely ridiculous binge as of late, the Knicks find themselves right back in the thick of things. Felton is never going to be Steve Nash, ever, ever, ever, but if he's a dirtier, sturdier, better defensively version of Steve Nash? The Knicks can go places, like a first round playoff entrance. And after a decade of failure, that's a huge start.
The Knicks are coming around and fast.
Josh McRoberts ALLEY-OOP. THIS IS NOT A TEST. JOSH MCROBERTS ALLEY-OOP
Brook Lopez gave a commanding performance in a loss last night, the first time he's looked like himself this season. He had the mid-range short-J going, which is a huge part of his game.
Roy Hibbert again looked phenomenal, even though his dominance wasn't needed with Danny Granger destroying everything in his path.
Tim Duncan had a very Walton-esque (as someone described it on Twitter) triple-double with 15 points, 18 rebounds, and 11 assists. Golden State had no answer for anything the Spurs are doing and have really fallen back into their bad defensive habits of seasons past.
Tyreke Evans is not right. Maybe it's the ankle, maybe it's the attitude, maybe it's coaching, but he is simply not the force of nature he was last season. For whatever reason, moving him to shooting guard has not worked out. Even if he may not make logical sense at the point guard position, if your team plays better with him there, how can you argue against it until you get a better backcourt partner than Luther Head?