Wells (groin), Peja (back) dinged up for Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento Kings have lost two of
their top players to injuries, with Bonzi Wells expected to miss at
least three weeks with a groin injury and Peja Stojakovic out a
week or more with an injured back.

The Kings (10-15) are off to a rough start this season, but
hoped to turn things around in a stretch when they'll play six out
of seven games at home. However, they'll now start that stretch
without two of their leading scorers.

Wells, who averages 15.1 points per game, has a partial tear to
his right groin. Stojakovic, who is averaging 17.0 per game, is
expected to miss a minimum of one week with a protruding disc in
his lower back.

Kevin Martin is likely to start in Wells' place Thursday night
against Dallas, but it's uncertain who will start at forward for

Following the game with the Mavericks, the Kings host Portland
next Monday before playing at the Los Angeles Clippers the
following night. Then come four straight home games against Boston, Philadelphia, the Clippers and Indiana.