Rudy Gay Injury: Updates on Kings Forward's Heel and Return

Adam WellsFeatured Columnist

Jan 16, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) drives to the basket during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
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Sacramento Kings star Rudy Gay sat out Saturday's game against the Indiana Pacers to rest a nagging heel injury. However, he is ready to return. 

Continue for updates. 

Gay Active vs. Hornets 

Monday, Jan. 25

Gay was in Monday's starting lineup against the Charlotte Hornets, according to Kings radio reporter Sean Cunningham

Gay's Efficiency Has Been Key for Hot Kings 

Gay has been banged up at various points this season, missing one game in November with a left shoulder strain. The 29-year-old originally injured his heel in a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 20 and had to sit out a game against the Atlanta Hawks the next night. 

Despite Gay's absence, the Kings have been on a recent hot streak. They had won four straight games heading into Saturday and have climbed up to the final playoff spot in the Western Conference even though they are four games under .500. 

Gay has taken a more efficient approach with his game this season. His 17.9 points per game mark his lowest output since he was a rookie with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2006-07, but his 46.6 shooting percentage is his best rate in six years. 

The Kings may not be a true title contender in the Western Conference, but their recent strong play is a positive first step.

Gay's presence in the starting lineup is crucial to making the offense work, as the Kings only scored 91 points in Thursday's victory over Atlanta, so getting him back to 100 percent will be essential if Sacramento hopes to stay in the playoff picture.