Tyreke Evans returns to Kings starting lineup

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Kings guard Tyreke Evans will be back in the starting lineup on Monday after three games coming off the bench following his return from knee injury.

Kings guard Tyreke Evans is set to return to the starting lineup when Sacramento takes on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night at Sleep Train Arena.

Evans has played in three games since returning to action following a knee injury, coming off the bench in those games. The guard's performance has been up-and-down since his return, with a 20-point performance sandwiched in between a couple of poor efforts.

Kings coach Keith Smart had asked Evans if he was ready to start on Saturday against the Miami Heat, but the 23-year-old declined, citing Francisco Garcia's solid play as a starter as the primary reason. But Sacramento was walloped by Miami and has now lost four straight games overall, and Smart hopes that the re-insertion of Evans into the lineup will help rejuvenate the team.

For the season, Evans is averaging 14.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He was really starting to find a groove before initially injuring his knee back on Nov. 27. The guard was then in and out of the lineup before finally going on the shelf for 11 games after re-aggravating the injury on Dec. 16.

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