Isaiah Thomas Injury: Updates on Kings Guard's Quad Contusion and Return

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMarch 25, 2014

Sacramento Kings guard Isaiah Thomas, right, reacts after center DeMarcus Cousins (15) fouled Chicago Bulls guard Mike Dunleavy during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago on Saturday, March 15, 2014. The Bulls won 94-87. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press

Updates from Sunday, April 13

James Ham of reports on Thomas' status tonight against the Timberwolves: 

Updates from Saturday, April 12

Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee has the latest on Thomas:

Updates from Tuesday, April 8

The Kings official Twitter account confirms Isaiah Thomas' status for tonight's game vs. the Thunder:

Updates from Friday, April 4

Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle provides an update on Isaiah Tomas' status:

Updates from Wednesday, April 2

Dave McMenamin of ESPN LA reports on Isaiah Thomas' status for tonight's game vs. the LA Lakers:

Michael Malone talked about the injury with James Ham of

Updates from Saturday, March 29's James Ham has an update on Thomas:

Updates from Friday, March 28's James Ham has an update on Thomas:

Sacramento Bee reporter Jason Jones provided more detail:

Updates from Wednesday, Mar. 26

The Kings made Thomas' status official for Wednesday night's game:

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Sacramento Kings guard Isaiah Thomas has been officially listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the New York Knicks due to a quad contusion, the team announced on Tuesday:

Thomas, 25, is coming off a 30-point game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, in which he showed little sign of any injury. Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee noted Thomas' collision with Bucks center Zaza Pachulia as the reason for his potential absence, but given he played a majority of the second half, odds are Sacramento is just being precautious.   

Leg injuries such as contusions and sprains tend to tighten up more with inactivity than after the initial injury, making the timing of the news more understandable. Thomas did not practice on Tuesday, according to Kings head coach Michael Malone via ESPN's Jonathan Santiago, and the team will likely evaluate his status at its morning shootaround.

The Kings are hosting New York before traveling to Oklahoma City for a Friday tip against the Thunder, so resting Thomas against the lesser of the two opponents might be a smart strategy. But given New York's recent surge, odds are against Sacramento winning any game with Thomas out of the lineup.

The diminutive guard has blossomed this season in his most extended minutes, averaging 20.7 points and 6.4 assists per game on 45.3 percent shooting. Thomas ranks fourth among NBA point guards in player efficiency rating and has been one of a select few constants in a season full of flux for the Kings. Ben McLemore and Jason Thompson are the only other two players on the roster who have played in all 70 games.

Sacramento is outscored by 9.5 points per 100 possessions when Thomas is on the bench, per, contrasted against a dead-even rate with him on the floor. Though Thomas struggles defensively because of his size (and myriad other factors), the Kings are surprisingly better with him on that end as well.

Last week, Thomas recorded his first career triple-double in a win over the Wizards. 

“Isaiah is someone that gets a lot of criticism for being a guy that may not be a true point guard,” Kings coach Michael Malone told reporters. “You can call him a lot of things, but you have to give him his props because he’s a warrior and he has a huge heart."

Should Thomas miss Wednesday's game or extended time, expect a big minutes increase for Ray McCallum. The 2013 second-round pick has stepped into the backup point guard role since the Kings cleared depth near the trade deadline in an effort to integrate him into the rotation. McCallum is scoring 3.6 points per game on 37.4 percent shooting. 


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