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October 9, 2013
Vasquez and Landry out for Thursday; Vasquez targets next Monday for debut

LAS VEGAS - The Kings will still be without two important players for their second preseason game.

The Kings play the Los Angeles Lakers at the MGM Grand on Thursday night in a preseason game. Sacramento will be without Greivis Vasquez (ankle) and Carl Landry (strained quad).

The good news for the Kings is Vasquez is targeting Monday's preseason home opener against the Los Angeles Clippers to make his debut.

"I'm excited to have him back (next week) but we also don't want to rush him back and have him play early preseason games and jeopardize his rehab and recovery from his ankle," said Kings coach Michael Malone.

Vasquez said his right ankle had bothered him a lot last season before offseason surgery to clean up loose particles.

Vasquez said international play for Venezuela and his NBA workload finally caught up with him.

"I was playing too much basketball the last five years," Vasquez said. My national team, here, and I needed rest and I got my rest. My ankle feels better. I just don't want to rush. I want to be 100 percent healthy for opening night."

The Kings will also take a cautious approach with Landry.

"I'm no doctor but I think he's got a strained quad so he's just trying to get some treatment on that," Malone said. "We'll wait to see how severe it is and if he's going to be out, how long. But obviously we're hoping to have him back sooner rather than later. But other than that, knock on wood, we're fairly healthy."

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