Garrett Temple out against Spurs with ankle sprain

SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 11: Garrett Temple
SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 11: Garrett Temple /

Garrett Temple missed the Jan. 28 game against the Spurs with a right ankle sprain.  We examine that news and who steps up with Temple out.

The Sacramento Kings were forced to play extremely short-handed in San Antonio against the Spurs on Jan. 28.  Below is the injury report Sean Cunningham Tweeted out about two hours before tipoff.

What the news means

It is unclear when Garrett Temple injured the ankle, but he missed the loss against the Spurs.  He is a member of the five veterans who rest frequently.  You can read more about that plan here.  That leads me to believe that the Kings won’t rush Temple into action.  They will wait until he is fully healthy to put him back on the court.  Consider him questionable for Tuesday’s game in New Orleans.

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Who steps up?

Sacramento got put in a bit of pickle on Sunday.  Malachi Richardson was also out with an injury forcing the Kings into playing just a nine-man rotation.  It opened the door for rookie Justin Jackson to start and play 30 minutes.  It also forced two-way player JaKarr Sampson into the rotation and helped Vince Carter into 27 minutes.  Ideally, they stick with youth and play Jackson, Buddy Hield, and Bogdan Bogdanovic on the wing if Garrett Temple has to miss additional action.

Final thoughts

Garrett Temple missed Sunday’s game with an ankle sprain.  The Kings gave little information on severity or when the injury occurred, so stay tuned for updates as they become available.  Expect Temple to be held out until he is feeling 100 percent healthy.

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