NBA

OG Anunoby (elbow) plans on playing in Kings vs. Knicks

Mar 15, 2024, 2:16 PM

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 25: OG Anunoby #8 of the New York Knicks reacts after scoring during t...

(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

OG Anunoby might have shown some discomfort during Thursday’s action between the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers, but the forward plans on playing in his next available game.

Anunoby, who played his second game following a lengthy absence due to having a bone fragment removed from his right elbow on February 8th, scored 12 points on five-of-11 shooting during the Knicks’ 105-93 win.

While New York has missed its key trade deadline acquisition over the past month, seeing Anunoby display signs of discomfort was unsettling–but if you ask Anunoby, it’s business as usual.

“I thought I was going to come in and make an impact. Didn’t really think about it,” Anunoby said when asked if his elbow injury was on his mind during his return. “As the games go on, everything will start feeling better. Definitely don’t feel the way I felt before I got [injured], conditioning-wise, but I’m sure it’ll come back, next game. It comes back fast.”

Following Thursday’s game win in Portland, Anunoby made it clear that he intends to play when the Knicks face the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night at Golden 1 Center.

“That’s the plan. I wasn’t thinking about not playing,” Anunoby said when asked about his status for Saturday.

Anunoby, a player widely rumored to be on the Kings’ trade deadline wishlist, will face a Sacramento team coming off two big wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers.

The Kings (38-27) have jumped back into a top-six spot in the Western Conference standings with 17 games to play, and a win over the Knicks would add to the slim half-game lead they currently have over the Phoenix Suns.

Sacramento will likely have guard Kevin Huerter (leg) back in the lineup on Saturday, but forward Trey Lyles (knee) could miss his second-straight game.

Sacramento Kings Injury Updates: Kevin Huerter returns to practice

When is the next Sacramento Kings game?

Sacramento will continue its six-game homestand on Saturday night when they face All-Star guard Jalen Brunson and the New York Knicks at Golden 1 Center.

Last season, the Kings secured a 122-117 win over the Knicks at home in front of a national audience on TNT. Domantas Sabonis posted a triple-double (24 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists), while De’Aaron Fox’s 24 points helped Sacramento close things out in crunch time.

Be sure to tune in right here on Sactown Sports 1140 for all of your Kings vs. Knicks coverage, beginning at 5:30 PM PST on Game Night before a 7:00 PM PST tip-off from downtown Sacramento.

YouTube video

Upcoming Schedule

  • Saturday, March 16th – Sacramento Kings vs. New York Knicks – 7:00 PM PST
  • Monday, March 18th – Sacramento Kings vs. Memphis Grizzlies – 7:00 PM PST
  • Wednesday, March 20th – Sacramento Kings @ Toronto Raptors – 4:30 PM PST
  • Thursday, March 21st – Sacramento Kings @ Washington Wizards – 4:00 PM PST
  • Saturday, March 23rd – Sacramento Kings @ Orlando Magic – 4:00 PM PST

Thank you for reading SactownSports.com. Follow us on Twitter and Google News, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Newsletter

NBA

Jusuf Nurkic #20 of the Phoenix Suns is fouled by Domantas Sabonis #10 of the Sacramento Kings duri...

DAVID VEENSTRA Arizona Sports

Phoenix Suns center Jusuf Nurkic fined for flopping against Sacramento Kings

Phoenix Suns center Jusuf Nurkic was fined $2,000 for flopping following an official league review for his actions during the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center on Friday night.

12 hours ago

Jerami Grant #9 of the Portland Trail Blazers shoots over Harrison Barnes #40 of the Sacramento Kin...

Field Level Media

Sacramento Kings look to end 2023-24 season on high note against Blazers

Sunday's 2023-24 regular-season finale arrives with the Sacramento Kings facing postseason uncertainty ahead of their matchup with the visiting Portland Trail Blazers.

14 hours ago

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors looks down between plays in the third quarter agains...

Field Level Media

Golden State Warriors weigh merits of rest against Jazz

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr insists he's planning to prioritize rest over a possible home-court advantage when his club wraps up the regular season by hosting the Utah Jazz on Sunday in San Francisco.

17 hours ago

Head coach Jordi Fernandez of Canada walks off the court after the FIBA Basketball World Cup quarte...

Amiliano Fragoso

Report: Kings’ assistant coach Jordi Fernandez named finalist for Nets’ HC role

The Athletic reported that Kings' assistant coach Jordi Fernandez has been named a finalist for the Brooklyn Nets' lead job.

19 hours ago

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: Grayson Allen #8 of the Phoenix Suns drives against De'Aaron Fox...

Frankie Cartoscelli

Kings suffer late-game errors as Suns prevail, drop SAC to 9th

The Sacramento Kings held a late lead on Friday, but errors allowed the Phoenix Suns to sneak away with the win at Golden 1 Center.

1 day ago

Former Sacramento Kings player Chris Webber is acknowledged by the crowd during the Kings game agai...

Brenden Nunes

Chris Webber reflects on his life in book ‘By God’s Grace’

Sacramento Kings legend and Hall of Famer Chris Webber spoke with Sactown Sports 1140 Friday afternoon about his book, 'By God's Grace.'

2 days ago

OG Anunoby (elbow) plans on playing in Kings vs. Knicks