MINNEAPOLIS - In the it-could-have-been-so-much-worse category, the Kings were relieved to officially hear today that Spencer Hawes' left knee injury was merely a strain.
The second-year center took a tumble (with inexplicable help from Kenyon Martin) in the Kings' loss at Denver on Monday, and the MRI taken in Sacramento on Tuesday confirmed the strain. I haven't spoken to Hawes or Kings officials yet and will update when more is known. Needless to say, he will not be playing in the team's season finale at Minnesota on Wednesday. - Sam Amick