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November 21, 2007
Two starters down tonight

PHOENIX - Kings small forward Ron Artest left the team this morning in Phoenix to attend to his daughter in Indiana, where she is undergoing a medical procedure. Kings coach Reggie Theus said he is hoping to have Artest back on Friday, but it was certainly an excused exit. Artest has two daughters, though it's not known which is one is experiencing the medical difficulties.
"He had to go because there was a medical procedure with his daughter," Theus said. "He talked to me about it last night, told me that it was possible, that if this came back that he was going to have to go be with his family. And of course I said you’ve got to go take care of your family first."
The Kings will also be without Beno Udrih, who left Tuesday night's loss to Phoenix at Arco Arena in the second half with a right quadricep contusion that is still bothering him. That leaves the lineup at Francisco Garcia, Kevin Martin, John Salmons, Mikki Moore and Brad Miller. Udrih said he's optimistic he could play Friday at Portland.
Lastly, forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim is inactive and is back in Sacramento. It's no secret his right knee had been sore recently, and it's a strange time for the veteran who has been alternating between active and inactive rather regularly. Either way, he was obviously not being called on by Theus, as Abdur-Rahim has played a combined 51 minutes in six games.
- Sam Amick



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