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Tyreke Tuesdays: Evans could return today

Posted by rc360 on March 31, 2010

After sitting out five games, Sacramento Kings rookie guard Tyreke Evans could play today against the Indiana Pacers.

After sustaining a concussion when the Milwaukee Bucks’ Ersan Ilyasova inadvertently hit him with an elbow, he sat out for three games before practicing last Thursday in Boston. When Evans complained of a headache at practice, the team ruled him out for the next two games.

The Kings (24-50) have not done well since Evans’ injury, compiling a 1-4 record since then. After beating the Los Angeles Clippers in L.A., the Kings lost at home against the Memphis Grizzlies the next night.

The team left for a five-game road trip and lost to a then seven-win New Jersey Nets team, the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team with the league’s best record.

The Kings could have Evans back today in Indianapolis, but teammate Beno Udrih has shined in his absence.

Udrih dished out a career-high 17 assists in the win against the Clippers, matching the Clippers’ assist total in the game. He had only one turnover while the Clippers had 17. In the loss to the Cavs, he recorded his first triple-double, posting 18 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists.

Udrih became the second player to achieve a triple-double when facing LeBron James.  The first to do it was former King Mike Bibby on Jan. 20, 2005.

During Evans’ absence, Udrih has averaged 18.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 11.8 assists and 2.4 steals per game.

Evans will continue his attempt to become the fourth rookie in NBA history to average 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game. If he plays in the remaining eight games of the season, he needs 144 points, 29 rebounds and only one assist to accomplish this milestone.

Beside the Pacers, the Kings will face the Minnesota Timberwolves the day after in Minneapolis and the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, after the team comes home.

Click here to read the story on Sacramento Press.


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