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Sacramento Kings Getting Inside 2009-11-23

Sacramento Kings Getting Inside 2009-11-23Having already taken a huge punch in the gut when leading scorer Kevin Martin fractured his left wrist in the second week of the season, the Kings were staring at an early knockout when rookie star Tyreke Evans had his right middle finger X-rayed after Friday's loss at Dallas.

Fortunately, the Kings ducked this one.

The X-rays were negative, so Evans' status officially became day-to-day.

On Saturday, the rookie experienced the problem of having a sprained middle finger on his shooting hand.

You can't splint it, because that severely hampers your ability to dribble and catch the ball.

You can't even tape it, because that makes shooting anything longer than a layup troublesome.

And if you don't do anything, the banging not only could do further damage, but the pain probably would affect just about everything you do.

So Evans weighed all the possibilities and decided it would be best for everyone if he took the night off.

He hopes to be in less pain, and thus able to play without a splint or tape, Monday when the Kings visit Memphis.

ROCKETS 113, KINGS 106: In what has been a surprisingly good season so far for the Kings, the club might have achieved a new high even in defeat Saturday. Facing a revenge-minded team on its own court, and doing so without star guards Kevin Martin and Tyreke Evans, the Kings rallied to take a four-point lead into the fourth quarter, only to come up just short.

Coach Paul Westphal basically had no choice but to call upon five guys to play 36 or more minutes in the second half of a back-to-back, and all five contributed to the competitive effort. Spencer Hawes was the best of the bunch, matching his career best with 24 points to lead all scorers.

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Added: November 23, 2009


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