Tyreke Evans Injury: Updates on Kings Guard's Knee

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IDecember 16, 2012

Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans has been struggling with his left knee this season, and it has flared up again. He has been forced out of his team's game against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, and he will not return. 

UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 7 at 3:10 p.m. ET

Great news for Kings fans as Tyreke Evans (knee) is expected to return to action tonight, according to ESPN TrueHoop Network Kings beat writer Jonathan Santiago.

Tyreke Evans is playing tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.Marcus Thornton is out (sprained ankle).#NBAKings

— Jonathan Santiago (@itsjonsantiago) January 7, 2013

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UPDATE: Wednesday, January 2 at 5:45 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

The Kings finally received some good news regarding one of its top players as it seems Tyreke Evans will finally be able to return to the court. The team's official website reported the news:

The second opinion on the sore left knee of Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans by Dr. Steve Lombardo supported the team’s ongoing treatment and rehabilitation regimen, according to Sacramento Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. Evans, who was examined in Los Angeles by Dr. Lombardo, will rejoin the team in Toronto for treatment and rehabilitation with the anticipation of playing when the team returns to Sacramento for a five-game homestand next week.

Evans has not played since Dec. 16 and has only played in 18 games this season. Overall, the guard is second on the team in scoring at 15.1 points per game.

Based on the latest projections, he is due to return Monday, Jan. 7 when his team takes on the Memphis Grizzlies. 

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UPDATE: Monday, December 24 at 6:40 pm. ET by Ben Chodos

Evans has been unable to recover from his knee injury and will miss more time. 

The Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones reported the following via Twitter:

Francsico Garcia (sore lower back) returned to practice today. Tyreke Evans (sore left knee) will not play at Portland on Wednesday.

— JasonJones (@mr_jasonjones) December 24, 2012

The Kings are just 9-18 this season and will hope to have Evans' scoring abilities back in the lineup as quickly as possible. 

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UPDATE: Monday, December 17 at 9:08 pm. ET by Ian Hanford

The Arizona Republic reporter Paul Coro officially announced that Evans will not start in Monday night's game:

Francisco Garcia is officially starting in place of Tyreke Evans, who left last night's Kings game with a sore knee. #SunsVsKings

— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) December 18, 2012


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The Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones passed along this news:

Tyreke Evans (sore left knee) will not return. Kings down 32-23 after first quarter. DEN shooting 61.9%, Kings at 33.3%

— JasonJones (@mr_jasonjones) December 16, 2012

From Dec. 1 to Dec. 12, Evans missed five of the Kings' six games due to his sore left knee. He has since returned to play the two games leading up to Sunday's. 

Evans played 23 minutes as he returned to action on Dec. 12 against the Bucks and then played 35 minutes against the Thunder on Friday. He played well in both contests, and everyone hoped the knee issues were behind him. 

Obviously, that was not the case. Evans was able to play just 10 minutes before leaving the game against the Nuggets, and judging by his performance, the knee may have been bothering him from the get-go. 

Evans had just two points while going 0-for-4 from the field. He did pick up one board. 

The injury is derailing what is otherwise a solid season. For the year, prior to Sunday's game, he is averaging 15.9 points, 3.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds per contest. He also had a shooting percentage of 46.1, which is a career best. 

This injury is the last thing the Kings needed. They are just 7-15 on the season, and they need to find some stability and rhythm in their starting lineup. 

There is also the chance that the Kings will look to trade Evans this season, and this troublesome knee is going to make that a far more difficult task.