Tyreke Evans (knee, quad) said that he landed on a wet spot and that he's "a little sore," but he's already been ruled out of Wednesday's game against the Clippers.
Evans said he'd "ice it and maybe take some pain pills," but no matter what the injury is, his season is over with one game left. Without Evans available, Marcus Thornton should get a green light to do a lot of heavy lifting on offense on Wednesday, so for owners still playing, Thornton is a strong add. Evans will enter the offseason as a restricted free agent.
Isaiah Thomas scored 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting (including four threes) with four rebounds, two assists and five turnovers over 27 minutes in the Kings' loss to the Thunder on Monday.
Thomas has been somewhat vocal about Keith Smart's rotations and tonight the normally upbeat player looked extremely frustrated on the court, especially after a series of plays in which teammates ignored him wide open at the 3-point line. Smart benched IT for the second quarter and then after Thomas was key in wiping out a big Thunder lead in the second half, Smart benched him some more. Hilariously, Smart talked in postgame like he'll be coaching the Kings next season.
DeMarcus Cousins did not get a technical foul in Monday's loss to the Thunder, which means he'll be allowed by the league to play in Wednesday's finale.
It's sort of pathetic that this is news, but that's the way Cousins rolls and he'll be ready to suit up on Wednesday night, assuming he doesn't tell Keith Smart to go kick rocks between now and then. Cousins did not play in the fourth quarter and saw just 25 minutes on his way to seven points, six boards, five turnovers and plenty of low-effort plays in the loss.
Cole Aldrich followed up his big Sunday night with 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting and 13 rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench on Monday against the Thunder.
Aldrich runs to the right spots on the floor and plays hard, which are rarities for a Keith Smart coached team. He's a tough guy to trust not knowing how much he will play on Wednesday, but he's worth a hard look with most of the Kings mailing their season in.
Tyreke Evans suffered a "quad strain" in the first quarter of Monday's game and did not return.
He needed assistance to the locker room from two of his teammates and couldn't put weight on his left knee. Tyreke had left knee problem back in February and it stands to reason any problem will knock him out of the team's finale, even if there is a chance his knee isn't the issue. Marcus Thornton replaced Tyreke and is a strong speculative add.
DeMarcus Cousins had the technical foul he was assessed on Sunday rescinded and he will play on Monday against the Thunder.
He avoided suspension after the technical was taken off the board, so he should be a safe play tonight as the Kings look to play spoiler against the Thunder.
Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas ripped into his team and teammates after Sunday's blowout loss to Houston.
"Guys just aren't playing hard," he said. "Guys have clocked out already. I don't know what it is. It's frustrating. I'm tired of it. It's embarrassing." It's hard to disagree with Thomas, and it's nice to know that at least one player on the Sacramento roster cares about finishing the season the right way. Thomas didn't stop there, saying he was concerned about the attitude of the team. "Definitely worried. We're not playing good at all. We're not playing together."