Koufos (calf) will not play Wednesday against the Blazers. Koufos will remain out for a second straight game to end the season as he deals with a calf strain. With Harry Giles shut down, the Kings will likely lean heavily on Marvin Bagley and Willie Cauley-Stein, while second-year big man Caleb Swanigan could also see some run in what's ultimately a meaningless game.
Koufous (calf) is out for Sunday's game against New Orleans, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Koufos left Friday's contest against the Jazz early due to suffering a calf strain. As a result, the veteran center will be sidelined for Sunday's matchup. With one game remainining on the Kings' schedule, Koufos is averaging 3.7 points and 4.2 rebounds across 42 games played.
Koufos collected two points (1-3 FG), 11 rebounds, and two assists in 18 minutes during Sunday's 113-106 win over the Spurs. Koufos has appeared in six straight games, and he hauled in a season high rebounding total in this one. The absences of Marvin Bagley (illness) and Harry Giles (thigh) resulted in Koufos being called upon to play his highest minute total since Dec. 17. If either of the aforementioned young big men are ready to return to the lineup for Tuesday's matchup versus the Rockets, Koufos will be unlikely to earn such a significant share of playing time.
Koufos (coach's decision) didn't see the floor Monday in the Kings' 115-107 win over the Trail Blazers. It's the third consecutive game that Koufos has failed to leave the bench, signaling that he's lost his spot in the rotation to Harry Giles. While Koufos is a long-time favorite of coach Dave Joerger for the intangibles he provides, there isn't much incentive for the Kings to hand the 29-year-old regular playing time with the organization prioritizing the development of Giles and fellow rookie Marvin Bagley.
Koufos contributed four points (2-7 FG), eight rebounds, and two blocks in 15 minutes during Friday's 102-99 win over the Grizzlies. Koufos played pretty well in this his first start of the season, albeit in limited minutes. The lineup change likely had more to do with matching the opponent's super-sized front line of Jaren Jackson and Marc Gasol than promoting Koufos. With that being said, he swatted a season high block total while matching his best rebounding effort of the campaign as well. Moreover, Koufos has hauled in at least eight boards in three of the last four contests.
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