Updates from Sunday, April 13
James Ham of NBA.com reports on Thomas' status tonight against the Timberwolves:
Kings starters: Isaiah Thomas, Ben McLemore, Derrick Williams, Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins.— James Ham (@James_Ham) April 14, 2014
Updates from Saturday, April 12
Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee has the latest on Thomas:
Isaiah Thomas is out today but could play Wednesday. Thomas wants to play tomorrow but Malone doesn't want him to play without practice— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) April 12, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 8
The Kings official Twitter account confirms Isaiah Thomas' status for tonight's game vs. the Thunder:
Injury Update: Isaiah Thomas (R. Quad) & Reggie Evans (Back) are OUT for tonight's game vs. Thunder.— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) April 9, 2014
Updates from Friday, April 4
Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle provides an update on Isaiah Tomas' status:
Coach Michael Malone said Isaiah Thomas is out tonight vs. the Warriors.— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) April 5, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, April 2
Dave McMenamin of ESPN LA reports on Isaiah Thomas' status for tonight's game vs. the LA Lakers:
Isaiah Thomas (deep thigh bruise) is out. Rookie Ray McCallum has been playing well in his absence (15.3 ppg and 7 apg in 4 starts)— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) April 3, 2014
Michael Malone talked about the injury with James Ham of NBA.com:
"At this stage of the season, we’re not going to rush him back and risk further injury.” -Michael Malone on Isaiah Thomas— James Ham (@James_Ham) April 3, 2014
Updates from Saturday, March 29
NBA.com's James Ham has an update on Thomas:
Isaiah Thomas is out again tonight for Sacramento with a bruised quad.— James Ham (@James_Ham) March 29, 2014
Updates from Friday, March 28
NBA.com's James Ham has an update on Thomas:
Hearing Isaiah Thomas is out tonight against the Thunder.— James Ham (@James_Ham) March 28, 2014
Sacramento Bee reporter Jason Jones provided more detail:
Isaiah Thomas is out tonight with a right quad strain. Ray McCallum starts tonight against Russell Westbrook— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) March 28, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Mar. 26
The Kings made Thomas' status official for Wednesday night's game:
Injury Update: Isaiah Thomas is OUT for tonight's game against New York.— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) March 27, 2014
Sacramento Kings guard Isaiah Thomas has been officially listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the New York Knicks due to a quad contusion, the team announced on Tuesday:
Injury Update: @Isaiah_Thomas2 (right quad contusion) is questionable for tomorrow's game against New York.— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) March 25, 2014
Thomas, 25, is coming off a 30-point game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, in which he showed little sign of any injury. Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee noted Thomas' collision with Bucks center Zaza Pachulia as the reason for his potential absence, but given he played a majority of the second half, odds are Sacramento is just being precautious.
Leg injuries such as contusions and sprains tend to tighten up more with inactivity than after the initial injury, making the timing of the news more understandable. Thomas did not practice on Tuesday, according to Kings head coach Michael Malone via ESPN's Jonathan Santiago, and the team will likely evaluate his status at its morning shootaround.
The Kings are hosting New York before traveling to Oklahoma City for a Friday tip against the Thunder, so resting Thomas against the lesser of the two opponents might be a smart strategy. But given New York's recent surge, odds are against Sacramento winning any game with Thomas out of the lineup.
The diminutive guard has blossomed this season in his most extended minutes, averaging 20.7 points and 6.4 assists per game on 45.3 percent shooting. Thomas ranks fourth among NBA point guards in player efficiency rating and has been one of a select few constants in a season full of flux for the Kings. Ben McLemore and Jason Thompson are the only other two players on the roster who have played in all 70 games.
Sacramento is outscored by 9.5 points per 100 possessions when Thomas is on the bench, per NBA.com, contrasted against a dead-even rate with him on the floor. Though Thomas struggles defensively because of his size (and myriad other factors), the Kings are surprisingly better with him on that end as well.
Last week, Thomas recorded his first career triple-double in a win over the Wizards.
“Isaiah is someone that gets a lot of criticism for being a guy that may not be a true point guard,” Kings coach Michael Malone told reporters. “You can call him a lot of things, but you have to give him his props because he’s a warrior and he has a huge heart."
Should Thomas miss Wednesday's game or extended time, expect a big minutes increase for Ray McCallum. The 2013 second-round pick has stepped into the backup point guard role since the Kings cleared depth near the trade deadline in an effort to integrate him into the rotation. McCallum is scoring 3.6 points per game on 37.4 percent shooting.
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