During the first quarter of the Sacramento Kings' Apr. 15 game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, star guard Tyreke Evans suffered an apparent quad injury. Evans scored eight points in five minutes of play prior to going down.
UPDATE: Wednesday, April 17 at 9:55 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
#UCDavisHealthSystem Injury Report: Tyreke Evans (strained left quad) & Toney Douglas (sore left hip) are OUT tonight vs. Clippers.— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) April 18, 2013
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Evans remained down on the ground, clutching at his knee for an extended period of time.
Evans was unable to leave under his own power.
Tyreke Evans goes down clutching his left knee. He's still on the ground underneath the basket as his entire team gathers around— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) April 16, 2013
Unfortunately, Evans' incident appeared to have all of the signs of a major injury.
Evans is helped up and immediately assisted to the locker room.— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) April 16, 2013
This is yet another leg injury sustained by an NBA star in 2012-13.
Mayberry followed up by reporting that Evans did not sustain the injury to his knee. Instead, the injury has been reported as a left quad strain.
Evans will not return to the game against OKC.
Tyreke Evans has a left quad strain and will not return.— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) April 16, 2013
Evans was averaging 15.3 points on a career-best 34.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
After a string of torn ACLs to players such as Rajon Rondo, Danilo Gallinari, Derrick Rose and Lou Williams, it's relieving to see a less severe injury. With that being said, Evans is going to miss the rest of this game.
His status for the Kings' final game on Apr. 17 is unclear.
Evans' injury comes at a time in which stars appear to be falling at every turn. In April alone, the likes of Kobe Bryant, Gallinari, Kenneth Faried and Anthony Davis have sustained leg-related injuries.
Bryant and Gallinari suffered season-ending injuries.
In a sport predicated on hard cuts and constant motion, it's unclear what the NBA can do to in terms of precautionary measures. With that being said, there appears to be a growing need for protection as players fall to injuries of their lower extremities.
Fortunately for Evans, a strained left quadricep does not usually warrant surgery, depending on the severity. While it's unclear how badly he strained the muscle, the Kings will miss the postseason and thus offer Evans the offseason for time to heal.
More updates will be provided as they become available.