Sacramento Kings guard Terence Davis shares frustration after aggravating back injury

Xavier Mascareñas/xmascarenas@sacbee.com

Kings guard Terence Davis believed he was close to returning to action as his team prepared to open a six-game road trip against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, but then he experienced a setback that only created more uncertainty.

Davis was again listed as questionable for Friday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse after missing the last two games due to lower back soreness.

“It’s frustrating because all I want to do is play basketball,” Davis said.

Davis participated in practice Tuesday in hopes of being cleared for Wednesday’s game, but he aggravated the injury shortly before the session ended. Now, Davis doesn’t know how long he’ll be out.

“It’s hard to say right now, man. It’s been tough,” Davis said. “The last few days, I was feeling pretty well. During practice (Tuesday), I went through the whole practice, and toward the end, I jumped and kind of felt a pull or something, man.”

Davis went through Sacramento’s morning shootaround Wednesday in Milwaukee and took the floor for pregame warmups, but he didn’t feel quite right and was ruled out shortly before tipoff.

“I was pretty stiff,” Davis said. “I didn’t move much. Just static shots, just to get a feel.”

Davis, 25, is in the final year of a two-year, $8 million deal with the Kings. He is averaging 7.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists this season while shooting 39.4% from 3-point range.

Davis has scored in double figures five times this season. He had his best game on the biggest stage, posting a season-high 31 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals in a 153-121 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 15 in a nationally televised game on TNT. He went 12 of 16 from the field and 7 of 10 from 3-point range.

Davis had 11 points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes in a 122-117 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 28. He followed that with 15 points, four rebounds, two assists, one blocked shot and one steal in 17 minutes in a 137-114 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Nov. 30.

In his last outing, Davis was held to two points on 1-of-5 shooting, although he contributed three rebounds, three assists and two steals in 11 minutes in Saturday’s 123-96 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. He was ruled out the following day against the Chicago Bulls and again Wednesday against the Bucks.