Before the Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers meet for the second and final time of the season on Friday night at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California, a couple notes should be pointed out concerning the matchup.
First and maybe most important, is the injury status of Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins of the Kings. Cousins, Sacramento’s starting center, is listed as “day-to-day” with a sprained ankle suffered earlier in the week. His availability for tonight is still unknown. Cousins missed Wednesday’s game against the Houston Rockets.
As for Gay, he suffered an injury to his left Achilles tendon and will miss some time. Team officials reported that Gay is in a walking boot, thus sidelining him for the game tonight against the Pacers.
The injuries are significant for a young Sacramento team, especially because Gay and Cousins are mainstays in the starting lineup. Gay is a dynamic scorer that has given Paul George problems in the past. Cousins is one of the best and most athletic centers in the game. Tough blow for an already-struggling Kings squad; both players average 20+ points on the season.
Sacramento isn’t the only team dealing with injury problems. Pacers forward David West has been dealing with a right wrist injury. West got off to a quick start on Wednesday night against the Phoenix Suns, scoring eight early points for the Pacers.
Indiana head coach Frank Vogel took West out of the game and replaced him with Luis Scola, as West headed for the locker room to get some extra attention on his right wrist.
West returned to action against the Suns and seemed to be fine. Indiana was dominated, however, losing 100-124.
“It is what it is,” said West.
Indiana’s leader and voice in the locker room and on the hardwood typically isn’t bothered by lingering injuries. West will continue to play on, but you’ll notice a wrist brace on the forward’s hand for an indefinite amount of time.
The Pacers face the Kings at 10:00 p.m. EST/ 7:00 p.m. PT tonight.