Sacramento today announced that Rudy Gay is questionable for Tuesday night's contest against the Pelicans as he's dealing with right achilles tendinitis. Jason Thompson was also listed on the day's injury report with left quadriceps tendinitis, but he's probable.
Gay is Sacramento's leading scorer at 22.5 points per game and is also second in assists (3.5) and rebounds (6.8), so someone else will have to step up in a big way if he can't make it. Omri Casspi is the logical choice to start in his place. While Casspi's numbers in limited minutes off the bench don't necessarily jump out at you, his per 36 minutes numbers do look pretty good: 14.8 points (52.6% from the field), 8.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
The Pelicans might end up missing a key player as well, as starting Center Omer Asik sat out of tonight's game against the Trail Blazers because of his back. Without Asik, the Pelicans would have to rely on Jeff Withey, Alexis Ajinca, Ryan Anderson and Anthony Davis to try to stop DeMarcus Cousins. Last year when these two teams played, the Pelicans didn't match Davis up against the much bigger Cousins very often. If the two do go at it, it should make for a very entertaining nationally televised game.