Gay, Afflalo will not play for Kings against Blazers

Gay, Afflalo will not play for Kings against Blazers

SACRAMENTO -- Rudy Gay was noticeably missing from the locker room following the Sacramento Kings victory Monday night over the Philadelphia 76ers. He wasn’t on the practice facility floor on Tuesday afternoon either and now we know why.

The 28-year-old forward re-aggravated his strained right hip flexor late in the win over Philadelphia and has been ruled out for Wednesday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

A precautionary MRI came back clean and he will be listed as day-to-day moving forward, the Kings announced.

Gay had missed the previous six games with the injury for Sacramento before returning to face Philly. He came up huge down the stretch for the Kings, scoring eight of his 17 points during the deciding fourth quarter. He chipped in nine rebounds as well, but he was in noticeable pain late in the game and came out of the game with 14.9 seconds remaining.

The 10-year NBA veteran is the Kings’ second leading scoring, posting 18.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

Gay has already informed the Kings that he intends to opt out of his $14.3 million deal for next season and become a restricted free agent. If he is healthy come trade season, Sacramento will likely shop the smooth shooting wing so they don’t lose him for nothing in the offseason.

Arron Afflalo will miss his second straight contest with a strained right elbow. The veteran shooting guard has been in and out of the Kings rotation over the last two weeks, but before the injury, he had seen his minutes increase.

The 31-year-old wing injured himself late in the Kings’ win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday evening. He’s struggled in his first season in Sacramento, averaging just 7.2 points on 40.7 percent shooting from the field and 32.1 percent from 3-point range.

Afflalo signed a two-year, $25 million deal with the Kings over the summer, but Sacramento holds a team option for year two with a $1.5 million buyout.

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Half man, half amazing. Vincanity. Air-Canada. V.C.

Vince Carter has plenty of nicknames on his bio. He also has plenty of achievements over his long NBA career. On Monday night in Sacramento, he added a new one.  

With his seven point performance in the Kings’ 106-90 loss to the Detroit Pistons, the 41-year-old forward surpassed a former teammate on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

“It means a lot, because in my days in Orlando, I played with Pat Ewing and know him very well,” Carter said following the game.

Carter came into the night needing five points to tie Ewing’s 24,815 mark for 22nd place on the all-time scoring list.

In the early second quarter, Carter stole a pass from Andre Drummond at the top of the key  and flew down for a breakaway jam to move within three points of Ewing.

“It’s fun for everyone, just to show I can still do it,” Carter said of the dunk. “I think I’ve proven I can, but it’s still fun. I told James Ennis on the way, I said, ‘stay back, don’t foul me.’”

Ennis likely couldn’t have caught Carter either way, but the slam got the Kings crowd going.

At the 4:12 mark of the second, Carter drilled a 12-footer to move within one point of Ewing and with 29.5 seconds remaining in the third, Carter knocked down a 26-foot 3-pointer that rattled around and tried to spin out.

That was the last bucket of the evening for Carter, giving him 24,817 for his 20-year career. He now sits alone in 22nd place, two points ahead of the former New York Knicks star center.

“That’s crazy,” 20-year-old De’Aaron Fox said. “That’s a lot of buckets. Top-25, that’s huge - a lot of guys won’t get close to that.”

Carter now sits just 375 points behind legendary Laker, Jerry West for 21st place and 462 shy of Reggie Miller for a spot in the top 20.

“When you talk about (being) in the top 25 in scoring all-time, you just look at the list of the greats and elite players and the best of the best that still play, and to be in that group, I’m very humbled and thankful for it,” Carter told the media scrum surrounding his locker.

Carter was away from the team over the weekend dealing with a death in the family. He returned to Sacramento to play on Monday, but did so with a heavy heart.

For most of his life, the basketball court has been his place to escape. After two decades as a pro, it still has that effect.

“I just still love it, it’s been great to me, it gives me an opportunity to be around the younger generation and still be around the game I love and accomplish things like this,” Carter said.

He’s played sparingly for Sacramento this season, but his impact on the bench, in practice and behind the scenes as a leader and mentor to the young Kings has been immeasurable.

Carter hasn’t committed to retiring following the season. He will weigh his options, but there is a possibly he will look for one last run at an NBA championship.

Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list


Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Moving on up. Vince Carter came into Monday evening’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons needing just five points to surpass Patrick Ewing for 22nd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He got that and a little more.

Carter, 41, picked off a Pistons pass in the second quarter and hammered down a breakaway dunk to score his first two points of the evening. He knocked down a jumper in the lane before halftime to get within one point of Ewing and then moved ahead of the 7-footer with a 3-pointer in the third quarter.

The 20-year NBA veteran now sits at 24,817 points. He is 375 points behind the great Jerry West’s 25,192, who currently sits in 21st place on the all-time list.