Kevin Martin is not expected to play Tuesday against the Lakers, as the Kings shooting guard continues to deal with pain in the area of his left ankle and had an MRI today as a precautionary measure.
While the team announced that the MRI did not reveal a new injury, they also noted that there "presently is not a timetable for his return." Martin, who left in the third quarter of Saturday's debacle against Denver, admitted in the days leading up to facing the Nuggets that his ankle wasn't entirely comfortable.
And while the injury that kept him out of the previous 12 games was continually referenced as a left ankle sprain, all involved acknowledge that it's not that simple. Martin has dealt with pain from his Achilles tendon and simply can't move and explode like he's accustomed to doing. According to Kings coach Reggie Theus, he will start Francisco Garcia in Martin's place. - Sam Amick