After suffering his second awkward backboard related finger injury of the season, Willie Cauley-Stein is listed as probable for tonight’s game in Sacramento versus the Golden State Warriors.
Per the Kings’ official injury update, probable is defined as a 75% chance that the listed player will play, but beyond that, CSN Bay Area’s James Ham called Cauley-Stein ‘in’ via twitter earlier today.
Cauley-Stein picked up exactly where he left off following last month’s finger dislocation. He was an impressive +35 in his two games back before suffering the cut and stitches that forced him out of the lineup for the last two games.
Despite George Karl continuing to suggest that Cauley-Stein’s conditioning isn’t where it needs to be (because of his injuries), the Kings’ head coach has mentioned time and time again that the players who defend will get playing time, and Willie has been one of the Kings’ most dynamic defenders all season.
Speaking of defense, Karl also applauded Seth Curry’s efforts on that end, and with James Anderson added to the injury report with an apparent hamstring injury, it’s highly likely that we’ll see some Curry vs. Curry action tonight in Sacramento.
Omri Casspi’s 'doubtful' status due to a nagging back injury denies us an opportunity to watch he and Curry light twitter on fire again, and the Kings will certainly miss Omri tonight.
Despite facing heartbreak in Dallas, and a near heart attack against the Lakers, the Kings are playing better basketball now than they have all season, and getting Cauley-Stein back in the fold (if the backboard stops attacking him) will only add to what the Kings have built over the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to beat the Warriors (only two teams have done it all season).Fortunately, this is the last time the Kings will play Golden State this season. It will, undoubtedly, get easier from here.