The Sacramento Kings are wrapping up their worst December in 13 years, and it’s not going to get any easier in the new year with three of their top four scorers nursing injuries.
Sacramento, however, has a good shot at ending this year with back-to-back victories as they face one of the league’s worst road teams when the Boston Celtics visit Arco Arena.
Abdur-Rahim suffered a broken jaw in Monday’s loss to Portland and underwent surgery Wednesday night. His jaw will be wired shut for six weeks and he will be re-evaluated after two weeks, with no timetable set for his return.
Stojakovic is day-to-day with a protruding disc in his lower back and strained right groin while Wells is expected to be out for at least two more weeks with a strained muscle in his groin.
Despite missing three starters that are averaging a combined 48.7 points, Sacramento snapped a five-game losing streak with a 110-93 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.
“There was nothing we could do about (the injuries). The game still goes on, so we still had to play,” Bibby said. “The guys stepped up and everybody played good all the way around.”
Second-year guard Kevin Martin got his third start of the season and had a season-high 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in a career-high 42 minutes.
“When someone goes down, you’re in the NBA, you need to step up,” Martin said. “With everyone out, right now you never know whose going to play. You just have to be ready.”
Though the Kings have dropped six of their seven home games in December, they haven’t lost to the Celtics at Arco Arena since Feb. 16, 1996. Boston has lost nine straight in Sacramento, and has won only once in the last 10 meetings overall.
The Celtics are tied for the fewest road wins in the league with two, and have lost five straight away from home.
Boston lost the second game of a five-game road trip with a 111-109 defeat to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.
Although they are the worst road rebounding team in the league, the Celtics outrebounded the Warriors 38-28, but they committed 23 turnovers en route to their fourth loss in six games.
“The turnovers kill us every freaking night,” coach Doc Rivers said. “You’re going to have some turnovers when you push the ball up the floor, but the unforced and casual turnovers that we have (kill us). It’s not our young guys, it’s our veterans, too.”
Paul Pierce had his 11th double-double of the season with 28 points and 12 rebounds, but dribbled the ball off his leg on the Celtics’ final possession.
“(Twenty-three) turnovers to their (11), we both shoot the same percentage and that’s the tale of the game,” Pierce said.
Boston averages 17.1 turnovers this season, second-most in the league.
Pierce is averaging 33.7 points in the last three games on 53.7 percent shooting.