Trey Lyles ruled out for both Kings vs. Rockets games
Nov 3, 2023, 12:17 PM
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While Trey Lyles is closing in on a return to action for the Sacramento Kings, the forward will not join the team on its two-game trip to Houston.
The Kings announced on Friday that Lyles, who is currently working his way back from a left calf strain, will not travel with Sacramento as he “continues to progress through return to play protocol.”
Following Tuesday’s practice, Lyles met with the media and shared that he feels “close” to returning from an absence that has held the 27-year-old out of action since the early days of preseason.
Trey Lyles is out for the next two games. pic.twitter.com/rJptIo2DMm
— Frankie Cartoscelli (@FCartoscelli3) November 3, 2023
With Lyles sidelined for at least another two games, expect rookie forward Sasha Vezenkov to continue receiving backup minutes at the power forward spot.
Over four games, Vezenkov has looked smooth on offense while posting 7.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 0.5 steals per game on 43-33-100 shooting splits (16.0 minutes per game).
About Kings forward Trey Lyles
Over 74 games in 2022-23, Lyles averaged 7.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 0.9 assists per game while shooting 46 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range over 16.9 minutes per appearance.
Lyles brought Sacramento stability at the backup four position while playing spot minutes at the small-ball five, an aspect of his game that he displayed during Games 6 and 7 of the NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors.
A young Kings team needed experience in its rotation, and Lyles–a player who has been a part of three playoff runs with Utah, Denver, and now Sacramento–fit the bill in that regard.
Not only did Lyles bring a veteran presence, but the Kentucky product became a fan favorite due to his notable hustle and ability to make the right play.
When is the next Sacramento Kings Game?
Sacramento will conclude a three-game road trip with a two-game set against the Houston Rockets that will tip-off on Saturday night.
Following Saturday’s matchup, both teams will take a day off before running things back on Monday afternoon once again at Toyota Center.
Be sure to tune in right here on Sactown Sports 1140 for all of your Kings vs. Rockets coverage, beginning at 3:30 PM PST on Game Night before a 5:00 PM PST tip-off from downtown Houston.
Upcoming Sacramento Kings Schedule
- Saturday, November 4th – Sacramento Kings @ Houston Rockets – 5 PM PST
- Monday, November 6th – Sacramento Kings @ Houston Rockets – 5 PM PST
- Wednesday, November 8th – Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trail Blazers – 7 PM PST
- Friday, November 10th – Sacramento Kings vs. Oklahoma City Thunder** – 7 PM PST
- Monday, November 13th – Sacramento Kings vs. Cleveland Cavaliers – 7:00 PM PST
** NBA In-Season Tournament Group Play