Rudy Gay Injury: Updates on Kings Star's Eye and Return

Scott PolacekFeatured Columnist

Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) walks up court after shooting the winning basket against Utah Jazz during the finals seconds of an NBA basketball game  Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in Salt Lake City. The Kings won 103-101. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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Sacramento Kings swingman Rudy Gay suffered an eye injury against the Charlotte Hornets on Jan. 25 after his eye was scratched badly enough that he couldn't open it. However, he's ready to return.

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Gay Active vs. Grizzlies

Saturday, Jan. 30

James Ham of CSN California reported Gay will start Saturday.

Gay's Offensive Output Vital to Kings' Playoff Hopes

Gay is a high-volume scorer who has averaged at least 17 points a night in every season of his career except his rookie campaign in 2006-07. 

He can stretch the defense with his three-point shooting but is also dangerous off the bounce on penetration or cuts to the basket, especially if opposing defenses are focused too much on stopping DeMarcus Cousins.

Gay scored a career-best 21.1 points a night in 2014-15 and has followed that up with 18.0 points per game this season.

Sacramento is battling for a postseason spot in the Western Conference, and Gay's presence couldn't be more important to those hopes.