SACRAMENTO -- Kings Head coach Luke Walton is going to have to wait a little longer before he’s playing with a full deck of cards.
Trevor Ariza is back in the fold, but neither De’Aaron Fox, nor Marvin Bagley is ready to go just yet.
Ariza has missed seven of the last eight games with a sore groin and a personal issue. When the team’s injury report came out on Monday afternoon, the 16-year NBA veteram was not listed and he is expected to suit up.
According to an official release from the Kings, Fox, who has a Grade 3 ankle sprain, will not travel with the team on their upcoming four-game road trip.
“[Fox] continues to make progress as he has returned to on-court, non-contact basketball activities,” the release says.
The 21-year-old point guard injured his left ankle at the end of practice on Nov. 11. He has missed the last nine games for the Kings and will be re-evaluated in two-to-three weeks.
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Bagley broke his right thumb in the season opener in Phoenix and has yet to be cleared for contact. He’s been on the court working out and staying in shape, but he will miss at least another two games for Sacramento before being re-evaluated by the end of the week by the team’s medical staff.
Walton continues to mix and match his lineups and has his team playing well. After an 0-5 start, the Kings are rolling into December at 8-10, and currently are tied for the eighth-best record in Western Conference.
The Marvin Bagley-Luka Doncic matchup is going to have to wait until Jan. 15 at the earliest. Bagley (broken right thumb) will not play Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks at the Amerian Airlines Center, a league source told NBC Sports California.
Bagley came into Sunday questionable as he attempts to return from the injury that has cost him the last 20 games.
The second-year pro is a huge unknown for the Kings at this point. Bagley's approaching the seven-week mark in his rehab. He was cleared Thursday to resume full-contact basketball activities, but getting practice in is difficult during the busy NBA schedule.
In his second season, Doncic, who was selected third overall behind Bagley, has developed into an NBA superstar and MVP candidate. Sacramento passed on the talented Slovenian guard during the 2018 NBA Draft, choosing Bagley with the No. 2 overall selection.
Doncic is averaging an incredible 30.1 points, 10 rebounds and 9.2 assists in 33.4 minutes per game for coach Rick Carlisle. The 20-year-old has also led the Mavericks to a 16-6 record, which was second in the Western Conference entering Sunday.
In addition to Bagley, the Kings continue to play without De’Aaron Fox, who suffered a grade 3 ankle sprain and a bone bruise back on Nov. 11. The Kings’ starting point guard is expected to be re-evaluated in two-to-three weeks, but is ahead of schedule.
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Cory Joseph, who has started the last 12 games for Sacramento, was a game-time decision but is in the Kings' starting lineup again Sunday.
For the third time in a month, the NBA admitted the Kings were victims of an incorrect call late in a loss. This time, it came in Sacramento's 105-104 overtime defeat to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday.
With 1:10 remaining in overtime and the Kings and Spurs tied 102-102, San Antonio guard DeMar DeRozan started to drive into the lane. According to the NBA's Last Two Minute Report, which was released Saturday, DeRozen should have been called for a travel when he came to a stop.
Upon further review, it appears DeRozen's feet slide when he lands after a jump-stop. No call was made and 13 seconds later, Patty Mills was fouled on a missed 3-point attempt.
"DeRozan (SAS) gathers the ball and comes to a stop on two feet, and then slides both feet forward prior to releasing the pass," the league wrote.
Mills only made one of three free throws, but in reality, he never should have gotten three free throws. The Kings should have been granted possession with the game tied and 70 seconds left on the clock.
Instead, San Antonio took a one-point lead and went on to win.
On Nov. 26, the NBA announced that refs missed a traveling call on Boston's Marcus Smart, who would hit the game-winning shot.
Just 10 days before that, the NBA admitted that refs missed a foul call on LeBron James late in the Kings' 99-97 loss to the Lakers.
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At a certain point, the NBA needs to hold its refs accountable, right? How many calls do they have to blow before someone is disciplined?
But if the refs are going to continue to miss calls, maybe one or two can go the Kings' way.
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