Kings’ Garrett Temple out through All-Star break

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The Kings lost Rudy Gay to injury and replaced him the starting lineup with Garrett Temple.

Now, Sacramento is losing Temple.

James Ham of CSN California:

Temple underwent an MRI in Sacramento on Wednesday afternoon and the test revealed that the guard suffered a partial tear of his hamstring. The team expects him to miss 2-3 weeks and he will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.

The Kings have eight more games before the All-Star break. They’re 19-30, tied for 11th in the Western Conference and three games out of playoff position.

Simply, they have little margin for error to achieve DeMarcus Cousinsgoal of reaching his first postseason. Losing Temple only further diminishes the odds.

Arron Afflalo, Matt Barnes, Malachi Richardson and Ben McLemore could help pick up the slack with Temple sidelined. So could Omri Casspi, if he gets healthy. It’s not as if Temple provided great production. But he was also receiving regular minutes on this team for a reason.

Regardless of who takes Temple’s minutes on the wing, it likely falls to Cousins — as usual — to do even more.