Richaun Holmes hoping to play vs. Suns despite suffering odd shoulder injury
Kings talent Richaun Holmes hurt his shoulder during a 111-98 win over the Golden State Warriors on Monday, but the big dipper isn’t expecting to miss any time.
Holmes left with 7:25 left to play in the third quarter but said he didn’t know how exactly how his injury occurred.
“I really can’t say,” said Holmes, according to Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee, after putting up seven points and four rebounds, snapping a 10-game streak of scoring in double figures. “I just remember catching the ball and I went to go up and I just felt this pain in my shoulder and it got worse. I really can’t tell you what happened, but I’ll be all right.”
Holmes is averaging career highs of 13.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in what was meant to be a backup gig for the 6-foot-10 center, backing up Dewayne Dedmon.
The 26-year-old Kings talent changed the narrative, outplaying the struggling Dedmon, who signed a three-year, $40 million deal in the summer.
If Holmes misses time, head coach Luke Walton might have to turn back to Dedmon or opt to give Harry Giles III some run in limited capacity.
The coach admitted to not having a plan in place just yet, rather waiting to see how Holmes reacts to his injury as the travel to Phoenix for the back end of a back-to-back.
“(Holmes) is going to come with us to Phoenix and we’ll see,” Walton said. “Hopefully he can play. If not, then we’ve got to sit down as a staff and see where we’re at and what direction we want to go.”
Holmes says he hates missing games, but ultimately it will be up to how his body reacts and the counsel of the training staff.