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Tyreke Evans Won't Play Against Rockets; Luther Head to Start

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Tyreke Evans won't play in tonight's Kings-Rockets game in Houston, reports Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee. Luther Head will start in Evans' place.

This is just the second game this season Evans will miss. He was suspended for the season opener in Minnesota due to a league induced suspension stemming from his summertime reckless driving incident. Evans missed 10 games during his Rookie of the Year 2009-10 season for injuries including a sprained ankle and a concussion.

The current malady plaguing Tyreke is what the team has termed mild plantar fasciitis. To help deal with the pain, Evans has worn a walking boot when not practicing or playing, and wears a foot splint while sleeping. He hasn't practiced with the team lately, but has appeared in every game since the injury popped up. His performance, however, has been far below his standard, especially in the last two games.

Head started eight games next to Evans earlier this season as Paul Westphal attempted to imbue the starting five with more defense. Beno Udrih retook his starting spot four games ago. Head has played a total of seven minutes since.

Head will likely have the job of marking former King Kevin Martin, though Donte Greene could certainly get a crack at the scorer as well.