The Sacramento Kings are not only facing an uphill battle to stay alive in the Bubble, but now they may have to do it without two of their key role players.
Richaun Holmes had to exit the Kings’ 106-119 loss to the Brooklyn nets after just 11 minutes of action with a sore right hip. He is not expected to be available for Sunday’s game against the Houston Rockets.
Kent Bazemore missed the Nets’ game with left calf soreness but may possibly be available for the Houston game.
The injuries should allow an opportunity for centers Alex Len and Harry Giles to show what they can provide to the team as both are free-agents this summer and need to prove to the front office that they are worth bringing back next season.
Rookie DaQuan Jeffries will likely get some more run at the forward position in his quest for making the parent squad next year. We will probably see more Corey Brewer at the small forward spot as well if Bazemore is not able to go in the next few games.
If the Kings do get officially eliminated from playoff contention, expect more minutes for those players the coaching staff would like to see to evaluate their future worth with the team. That would include rookies Justin James and Kyle Guy. Jabari Parker may also see some significant run at times now that he is healthy.
We may be shifting into talent evaluation mode soon.