The Pelicans will host the Kings Thursday at the Smoothie King Center.
Exactly who'll play for New Orleans remains in question.
Forward Anthony Davis still is going through the NBA's concussion protocol, coach Alvin Gentry said after Wednesday's practice, and his status for the Sacramento game won't be clear until Thursday.
The Pelicans also might be without guard Tyreke Evans, who had an MRI on his right knee Tuesday that revealed tendinitis but no structural damage. Evans planned to ice his knee overnight Wednesday and also will be a game-day decision.
Davis took an inadvertent elbow from Evans in Monday's loss to the Houston Rockets and missed the second half of the game. Per the NBA concussion protocol, he may not return to participation until he is without concussion-related symptoms at rest; has been evaluated by a physician; has successfully completed the league's return-to-participation exertion protocol; and a team physician has discussed the process and return decision with the director of the NBA concussion program.
"I just talked to him and he seems fine," Gentry said. "But obviously there's things that they have to see on paper that makes him fine."
That includes passing an exertion protocol that requires a series of steps of increasing exertion – from a stationary bike to jogging to agility work to non-contact team drills.
With each step, Davis has to be symptom-free to move to the next step. If concussion symptoms recur, he restarts the process at the previous step.
There is no set time frame to complete the protocol.
Evans, meanwhile, will have some say in his own return from pain in his surgically repaired right knee. He'll talk to the Pelicans' medical staff on Thursday to get a sense of whether he can play – and if so, how much – against the Kings, and Gentry said the Pelicans will monitor his minutes if he's feeling pain.
"I communicate good with the trainers, let them know how I feel, even though I want to play bad as anything," Evans said. "If I don't play, you know it's really bothering me."