So far, so good, is the approach Tyreke Evans is taking when it comes to his left foot. Evans was able to do some conditioning and shooting during Thursday's practice after being cleared following shock-wave treatments for plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Evans said his foot feels much better, but he's not ready to declare himself ready to play. Ideally, he would return in a limited role toward the end of next week before the Kings conclude their five-game road trip that starts Sunday. "I haven't really played yet, so I don't want to talk until I start going full speed," Evans said. "But me pushing off, doing shooting drills and just running, it felt pretty good." Kings coach Paul Westphal liked what he saw from Evans. "He's moving great," Westphal said. "He really feels good." Evans has missed the last 15 games with the injury. The foot had bothered him all season, but he still has managed to lead the Kings with 18.3 points and 5.5 assists per game. Evans said he's learned a lot more about his teammates watching games for the past month. "You see a lot more when you're not playing," Evans said. "Things that we don't see on the court that (others) can see. So I definitely picked up some things – who's playing better and how guys are playing on our team." While Evans has been out, the Kings acquired guard Marcus Thornton in a trade from New Orleans for Carl Landry. Thornton is averaging 22.3 points in 11 games with the Kings.
Evans works out; return nears
Sacramento Bee | Mar 18