Kings forward Carl Landry missed his third consecutive game Monday night when the Kings faced the New Orleans Pelicans at Sleep Train Arena.
Landry has been sidelined because of a sore right knee since finishing the morning shootaround Friday in Los Angeles. He had an MRI on Monday, and the team was still awaiting the results before tipoff.
“Once we get those results, obviously we’ll be able to have a much better idea of what the plan is with him moving forward,” coach Michael Malone said. “I’m hoping that he’s going to be able to play some of these games to finish out the season.”
Sacramento begins a season-long seven-game trip Wednesday at Milwaukee.
The Kings planned to play Landry a lot after he missed the first 38 games because of a torn left hip flexor. He was the Kings’ lone pickup in free agency last offseason, agreeing to a four-year, $26 million deal, and was expected to provide scoring off the bench and veteran leadership in the locker room. Landry was also familiar with Malone, having played under him when Malone was an assistant coach with New Orleans and Golden State.
But Landry has played in only 18 games this season.
“We’ll see if he’s going to travel. Is he going to play (on the trip)?” Malone said. “I don’t have the answer right now.”
Trust issues – Malone again touched on the team’s turnover problem.
Malone noted that one month into the season, the Kings averaged the fewest turnovers in the league. Entering Monday, they were tied for 19th at 14.6 per game.
Malone said the Kings still must do a better job of trusting the offense and each other. He said the roster turnover since the start of the season, which included trading trusted point guard Greivis Vasquez, was not the reason for the problems. The Kings have only four players on their roster who were with the team last season.
“If you’re not open, make a play for a teammate without any hesitation,” Malone said. “Whether we have new faces or not, that’s something we can do a much better job of.”