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Willie Cauley-Stein out 4-6 weeks with dislocated finger

Kimani Okearah

Bad news for Kings fans who have been wanting to see Willie Cauley-Stein get more playing time.  The rookie center left Thursday night's game against the Boston Celtics with an apparent hand injury late in the 4th quarter of Sacramento's blowout loss.  Now the diagnosis is in, with the Kings announcing that Cauley-Stein will be out at least 4-6 weeks with an open dislocation of his right index finger.  According to my extensive medical knowledge (and ability to type requests into an open dislocation is a dislocation accompanied by a break of a skin down to the affected joint.  Ouch.

This is terrible news for a Kings team that has lacked any stability, and Sacramento's already shoddy defense will suffer in his absence.  Hopefully Willie can come back sooner rather than later, but the important thing is that he fully recovers.

The Kings will probably start Kosta Koufos in Cauley-Stein's absence, although I also wouldn't be surprised to see Coach George Karl experiment with the Casspi-Gay-Cousins frontline that he used down the stretch of last season. Sacramento next plays on Saturday against the Houston Rockets.