Updates from Wednesday, Jan. 29
Injury Update: Isaiah Thomas & Rudy Gay will play tonight vs. Memphis. DMC remains a game-time decision. #ForeverPurple— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) January 30, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Jan. 23
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that an MRI reveals Rudy Gay has a strain and will be in a walking boot for the next 3-5 days:
An MRI reveals a sprain for Rudy Gay, league source tells Yahoo. He'll be in a walking boot for 3-to-5 days, then re-evaluated.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 23, 2014
With Rudy Gay, it should've read, "strain,' not "sprain."— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 23, 2014
The Kings' official Twitter account reported on the ominous development and indicated that Gay would not return for the remainder of the evening:
Injury Update: Rudy Gay (Left Achilles) will not return to tonight's game. #ForeverPurple— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) January 23, 2014
This bad bit of news for Sacramento is especially crushing after Gay had matched his career high with 41 points in the team's most recent victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Sam Amick of USA Today was impressed with Gay's efforts, as he's averaged 21 points per game in 20 contests with the Kings:
Meanwhile in New Orleans, the Kings' Rudy Gay has tied career-high with 41 points. He's been phenomenal since coming to Sacramento.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) January 22, 2014
HOOPSWORLD.com's Alex Kennedy was dismayed to hear that Gay went down:
Oh no. RT @mr_jasonjones: Rudy Gay is out with a left Achilles injury.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) January 23, 2014
Although the squad sported a 15-25 record entering Wednesday's action, Gay's arrival in a trade from the Toronto Raptors earlier this season has helped Sacramento become more competitive in the loaded Western Conference.
Gay is under contract through next season. Between him, DeMarcus Cousins and several other promising pieces, perhaps the Kings can figure out how to become consistent winners in the future with another high pick in the upcoming draft.