How Anthony Davis, Steven Adams injury news could affect Kings in playoff chase

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There was injury news on multiple NBA fronts Tuesday that could affect the Kings as they try to end the longest playoff drought in league history.

The Kings (27-19) were third in the Western Conference as they prepared to face the Toronto Raptors (21-27) on Wednesday at Golden 1 Center. The Kings were 3 ½ games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 2 seed. They were 3 ½ games ahead of the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns for the No. 6 seed and 4 ½ games ahead of a group of teams that are vying for the final play-in spots in the West.

The Raptors listed O.G. Anunoby as questionable for Wednesday’s game due to right ankle soreness. The Kings listed Chimezie Metu as questionable with a bone bruise in his left knee.

Elsewhere in the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers were expecting eight-time All-Star Anthony Davis to return against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday after missing 20 games with a foot injury. Stephen Curry has already returned for the Golden State Warriors and now Chris Paul is back for the Phoenix Suns.

The Suns (25-24) are tied for sixth in the West. The Warriors (23-24) are 10th. The Lakers (22-26) are 13th. All three teams could make a run at one of the top six seeds or a play-in spot over the second half of the season.

The Grizzlies (31-16) are solidly in playoff contention with the second-best record in the West, but if the Kings keep winning, Memphis could have a hard time holding onto the No. 2 seed with Steven Adams out due to injury.

Memphis announced Tuesday that Adams has been diagnosed with a PCL sprain in his right knee. He sustained the injury in Sunday’s game against the Suns and was out for Monday’s 133-100 loss to the Kings. The Grizzlies said Adams is expected to be sidelined three to five weeks.