After injuring his knee against Golden State on Friday night, Sacramento Kings rookie Marvin Bagley is going to miss 10-14 after an MRI revealed a bone bruise.
In the second quarter of last nights Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors game, but Marvin Bagley III took a hard fall and subsequently left the game.
According to the Sacramento Kings, an MRI revealed a bone bruise on his left knee, which will knock him out for at least 10-14 days, at which point he will be re-evaluated. This is Bagley’s second injury since the beginning of the month, as he was forced to miss two games due to a back injury in early December.
The injury is unfortunate for both the Sacramento Kings and fans, as Bagley seemed to be hitting stride after scoring double-figures in each of his last two full games.
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In five minutes against Golden State, Bagley went 2-2 from the floor, scored four points and grabbed one rebound before leaving the game. On the season, Bagley is averaging 13 points and 6.3 rebounds in over 26 minutes per night.
Following Bagley’s injury, it’ll be interesting to see how Head Coach Dave Joerger handles his rotation after losing a big part of their rotation. In two games without Bagley this season, Justin Jackson has seen a bump in minutes and if last nights game is any indicator, that’s likely to continue.
However, the Sacramento Kings need to use this opportunity to work Harry Giles back into the fold. Giles has been DNP-CD’d in four of his last seven games and hasn’t played more than 10 minutes in a game since Nov. 25 against the Utah Jazz.
Giles isn’t going to get better riding the bench and if the Kings can work him in as a power forward (his best position), they could finally be looking at their front court of the future when Marvin Bagley returns and they slot him in at center.
In all actuality, Bagley’s injury won’t lead to a significant change in the rotation, as it will most likely result in Bagley’s minutes being distributed to players already receiving minutes.