Painful double blow for Kings
THE Sydney Kings have copped a double blow heading into Saturday's clash against Melbourne United with star duo Kevin Lisch and Jeremy Tyler in doubt due to injury.
Lisch was set to return from his calf injury against United, but the club captain is yet to fully recover after straining his calf at training.
The veteran guard didn't train on Wednesday and coach Andrew Gaze says he remains 'highly unlikely' to take on United.
"Kevin is a really, really rough chance to play against Melbourne," Gaze said.
"I've learnt in this business that you never say never, but he is about a five per cent chance of playing.
"In saying that, he did some running at training and he is getting closer and closer."
Tyler is also uncertain to face United after sustaining a knee injury in last Thursday's loss to the New Zealand Breakers.
The former NBA big man completed a light session on Wednesday, but Gaze says he must ramp up the intensity to play against Melbourne.
"Jeremy has had some scans on his knee and fortunately there is no structural damage," he said.
"There is a bit of fluid in there and we are working on getting that fluid down.
"He trained for about 30 minutes under a bit of pain. If he can't do any more than that, then he won't play.
"But hopefully he comes good in the next few days. I'd put him in the 50-50 category, but given the way our season has gone we are expecting the worse and hoping for the best."
The loss of Lisch and Tyler would hit Sydney hard, but Gaze says his side can take inspiration from Saturday's impressive win over Brisbane in their absence.
The Kings trailed by 13 points in the third quarter, before staging a remarkable comeback to record a 101-95 victory.
Gaze believes that result is proof the Kings can perform against the best without some of the team's biggest stars.
"For sure, that absolutely gives us confidence," he said.
"Brisbane are a really good team. They should have beaten Melbourne the other night, so it's not like our win against them was a gimme.
"It was a hard fought, courageous win under circumstances where you'd think there were excuses for the guys to lose a bit of their spirit and confidence.
"But they showed a lot of grit, fight and determination and that was really encouraging."
Gaze hopes the Kings replicate this effort against Melbourne on Saturday as they look to win to equal the 2015-16 Sydney outfit as the worst team in franchise history with six wins in a season.