It's been a bumpy week for the Kings and their fans.
Tyreke Evans' plantar fasciitis in his left foot, something that hobbled him during the early part of the season, has flared up again, causing Evans to miss the last two games as well as the All-Star Weekend festivities. He was slated to meet a doctor in Los Angeles during the weekend to get an update on his condition. According to Sacramento beat reporter Jason Jones, Tyreke has a follow-up appointment and a MRI scheduled for tomorrow, so he will miss the next game at least, and possibly the one after that, since they're back-to-back.
Without Evans, the Kings were not very competitive in their two games against Oklahoma City and Dallas. The Thunder outscored Sacramento in each quarter and ended up blowing out the Kings by 30, the biggest loss of the season for the Kings. DeMarcus Cousins came off the bench after his one-game suspension for fighting with teammate Donté Greene, and while he had a good game (21 points, 13 rebounds), it wasn't enough.
Against Dallas the Kings were more competitive, but lost the game after a flurry of 3-pointers by the Mavericks in the 3rd quarter that put Sacramento away. Jason Kidd hit 6-7 from three in that quarter alone and finished with 20 points, and the Mavericks as a whole hit 13 threes, a season-high for a Kings opponent. Rodrigue Beaubois made his season debut and didn't look rusty at all, scoring 13 points to go with six assists and three steals.
During NBA All-Star Weekend, with Tyreke Evans out of commission, the Kings only had DeMarcus Cousins representing them, and he did a good job, scoring a game-high 33 points along with 14 rebounds and three steals in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge. Cousins didn't get the MVP though, as that honor went to his former Kentucky teammate John Wall, who had had 14 points and a Rookie Challenge record 22 assists, which included a beautiful bounce pass alley-oop to Blake Griffin.
The big news for Kings fans came Saturday night though, as new reports surfaced that the Kings ownership was seriously considering filing for relocation to Anaheim by the NBA's March 1 deadline. In response, Kings fans have organized under the "Here We Stay" campaign to sell out the only home game before the deadline (Feb. 28 at the Clippers) to show their support. Head on over to Sactown Royalty for more details on how you can help, if you are a Kings fan.