Sacramento Kings rookie big man Willie Cauley-Stein will miss four-to-six weeks due to an open dislocation of his right index finger, the team announced late Thursday night.
Cauley-Stein suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the Kings’ ugly loss to the Boston Celtics in Mexico City. The rookie played 18 minutes in the 114-97 defeat, totaling eight points and five rebounds before leaving the game with the injury.
Cauley-Stein, the No. 6 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, had played in all 20 games for the Kings prior to the injury and started 14 of them. He’s averaging 4.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks while shooting 60.9 percent in 18.9 minutes per game.
With Cauley-Stein out of the lineup, backup center Kosta Koufos will get more minutes. Kings head coach George Karl will also likely elect to go small more often with DeMarcus Cousins at the 5 and Rudy Gay at the 4 as one of the primary small ball arrangements.