By Brian Shepard
SACRAMENTO (AP/CBS13) — Sacramento Kings fans received more bad news late Tuesday morning when Kings President Geoff Petrie announced that Tyreke Evans’ re-evaluation by a Los Angeles doctor revealed that he will spend at least three weeks on the bench.
Evans has been battling pains from plantar fasciitis all season and was expected to be out for only one game, but we are now learning that the healing process will take longer than expected.
“Evans underwent the first of three extra corporeal shockwave treatments on his left foot and will be placed in a walking boot. He will be re-evaluated upon concluding the treatment regimen,” according to a Kings press release.
Averaging a team high 18.3 points per game and 5.5 assists, Evans’ presence on the floor is a must in for Kings to win, some say. In the second to last game Evan’s played, against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Kings narrowly lost by two points. They won the game after that to the Phoenix Suns 113-108. The game after that, they played the Thunder again, but this time lost 126-96.
According to ESPN, “Jermaine Taylor started in place of Evans in the Kings final game before the All-Star break and should get first chance at the gig over the next few weeks. Pooh Jeter should also see a significant boost in playing time.”
It’s a devastating blow to an already struggling team, but for now, Sacramento will just have to wait this one out.
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