Bad news for the Wizards. The Sacramento Kings are in town for Sunday's game, they've lost eight of their last 10 games, have only won six times on the road this season and might not have Rudy Gay and Marcus Thornton.
Usually, that translates into a loss for the Wizards (24-25) at Verizon Center, where they tend to play down to their competition such as Friday night's 115-113 disappointment to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Kings are 17-33.
Gay (illness) missed practice Saturday afternoon.Thornton (right hip contusion) went through non-contact drills and had treatment.
"We're going back to the hotel, make sure he's got his medicine, make sure he's staying hydrated, try to get him to have some food, get something in his stomach and in the morning just see how he feels," Kings coach Mike Malone said of Gay, his second-leading scorer at 20.3 points per game.
If Gay isn't close to being whole, Malone insists he won't push him to play.
"We'll check on his progress all the way until tipoff. (If) he's he's not looking good or is weak, I don't want to put a guy in position to go out there and not have success. I don't want to do that to him."
Thornton (8.4 points) still has soreness though he had a light workout.
"Maybe he'll be able to go through the shootaround tomorrow and maybe be a possibility for tomorrow night," Malone said. "Right now I'd say he's questionable for tomorrow night."