Kings vs. Heat watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage


Kings vs. Heat watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

SACRAMENTO -- The new-look Kings continue their long homestand Friday evening at Golden 1 Center.  Sacramento will play host to the Miami Heat looking for their fourth win in five tries.

General manager Vlade Divac made a flurry of transactions at the NBA's trade deadline, including major moves at the small forward position. Iman Shumpert and Justin Jackson are both gone, as well as Zach Randolph, Ben McLemore and Skal Labissiere.

Dave Joerger is faced with the challenge of integrating new additions Harrison Barnes, Alec Burks, Corey Brewer and Caleb Swanigan without the benefit of a practice. At least three of these four players are expected to see time after being acquired over the previous 48 hours.

Miami mixed things up as well at the NBA's trade deadline. Tyler Johnson was sent to the Phoenix Suns, with Sacramento native Ryan Anderson joining the Heat. Erik Spoeltra's team is coming off a big win over the Portland Trail Blazers, but they've lost three of their last four games and currently sit at 25-27 on the season.

Kings Pregame Live on NBC Sports California begins at 6:30 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 7:00. All coverage can be seen on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

Sacramento finishes their six-game homestand Sunday when the Phoenix Suns roll into town. The Kings will conclude their pre-All-Star break schedule with a stop in Denver on Wednesday.


Kings by 3.5

Projected Lineups

PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Bogdan Bogdanovic
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein

PG Justise Winslow
SG Josh Richardson
SF James Johnson
PF Kelly Olynyk
C Hassan Whiteside

Injury Report

No injuries to report.

PG Goran Dragic (knee) out, SF Derrick Jones (knee) out.

Rotation Outlook


Dave Joerger has all kinds of new toys to play with. Vlade Divac added three veterans at the deadline, all of which could see time. Barnes is a long term starter, likely at the three. Burks will see time at both guard positions and Brewer adds depth to the wing. Expect all three to see time against the Heat.

The addition of Barnes fills a major need for size at the small forward position and allows Joerger to move Bogdan Bogdanovic back to the second unit, where he's thrived this season. The team might wait until after the All-Star break to make the transition, but it's likely on the horizon.

Swanigan is with the team, but he's played sparingly over his first two seasons in the league. He adds a big body in the post, but he'll need time to develop.


Spoelstra's group is always ready to play. He has five regulars averaging in double-figures, including veteran Dwyane Wade, who is finishing out his final season as a pro before heading into retirement.

Richardson is having a nice season for the Heat and Winslow has been solid for Miami since transitioning to the point guard position.

Miami is a methodical team that ranks 26th in the league in points per game and third in points allowed. They play at the league's 26th slowest pace and they rank in the middle of the pack in both 3-point percentage and rebounding.

Marvin Bagley continues to showcase star potential in win vs. Mavs

Marvin Bagley continues to showcase star potential in win vs. Mavs

SACRAMENTO -- The Marvin Bagley III era of Sacramento Kings basketball is upon us. He can hit you with a spin move, rise over you for a half hook and on Thursday evening at Golden 1 Center, he starting dropping in 3-pointers.

At 20-years-old, there is no telling where the ceiling is for the No. 2 overall selection in the 2018 NBA Draft. Since returning from injury, five games ago, he’s been on fire, despite dealing with a minutes restriction.

“It was just a matter of time before I was able to show out and just go out and play,” a confident Bagley said following the Kings’ 116-100 victory. “Play without thinking and just play basketball. Whenever I’m playing like that I just play free and I’m not worried about mistakes.”

For the third straight game, the former Duke star posted 20 points or more for Sacramento, finishing with 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting. He added 12 rebounds four the 14th double-double of his rookie campaign and blocked four shots as well.

Suiting up for the first time against fellow rookie, Luka Doncic, Bagley looked fresh and ready for the challenge. Playing on the second night of a back-to-back, Doncic looked every bit the part of a rookie who has had to carry the scoring load for his team all season. The Slovenian-born guard finished the night with just 13 points on 4-of-19 shooting to go with 10 rebounds.

Following the game, Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle raved about the Kings’ rookie.

“Bagley is terrific,” Carlisle told reporters following the game. “He’s much improved. Shooting the three consistently, so he’s a big problem.”

While Bagley knocked down the 3-ball at the college level, it was in limited attempts. Since joining the Kings, he’s taken a cautious approach when it comes to hoisting from the perimeter, shooting just 69 3-pointers through his first 51 games.

Tuesday against the Nets, Bagley shot and made two 3-pointers. On Thursday versus the Mavs, he looked confident in his five attempts, hitting a career-best three makes from behind the arc.

“It’s just a progression,” coach Dave Joerger said. “I’ve never told him not to, I’ve asked him that I prefer if the ball comes from inside the line where you’re getting your momentum going forward.”

For Bagley to take the next step in his progression and move into the starting lineup, the Kings need him to at least be a threat from the perimeter. If opposing defenses have to stay with him behind the 3-point line, it keeps the lanes open for De’Aaron Fox to attack the rim.

“He’s a special talent, man,” Buddy Hield said. “Sometime you don’t even run a play for him. He just gets our misses and puts it back in. That’s what comes with a special talent. He’s just going to keep growing and getting better. He’s still not to his potential.”

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In 10 games since the All-Star break, Bagley is averaging 20.1 points and 8.9 rebounds in 27 minutes per game. He’s quickly living up to the hype and showing improvement at almost every step.

With just 11 games remaining in the season, Bagley would like to end on a high note. The Kings need him to continue to develop his perimeter skills during his first real offseason and build some up his strength for the grueling 82 game NBA schedule.

Kings takeaways: What we learned from bounce-back win over Mavericks

Kings takeaways: What we learned from bounce-back win over Mavericks


SACRAMENTO -- Needing a win to move on from Tuesday’s epic collapse against the Nets, the Kings played with pace, shared the ball and hit their shots Thursday against the Dallas Mavericks.

Buddy Hield hit his shots, De’Aaron Fox put on the jets and both Marvin Bagley and Willie Cauley-Stein posted doubles to help push the Kings to a 116-100 victory.

Here are three takeaways as the Kings moves within a game of .500 at 35-36 on the season.

Bagley vs. Doncic

The Kings took a beating in the national media when they selected Bagley with the No. 2 overall selection in the 2018 NBA Draft. The rookie big continues to show why he was worthy of the pick.

The 20-year-old power forward struggled with his shot at times, but still managed to notch 22 points on 8-for-16 shooting to go with 12 rebounds and four blocks. He was active on both ends of the floor and made a tremendous impact on the outcome of the game.

Luka Doncic was the player many thought the Kings would select at two. When the Kings passed, Dallas moved up to select the talented guard out of Slovenia. Doncic struggled with his shot, shooting just 4-of-19 from the field to finish with 13 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.

While they didn’t match up against each other often, both look like top-level young players.

Returning to form

After failing to break the 20 point mark in three straight games and posting just eight in the Kings’ loss to the Nets on Tuesday, Hield woke up against Dallas.

Sacramento’s leading scorer hit 7-of-13 from long range to finish the night with a team-high 29 points.

Hield is the barometer for this team. When he plays well, the Kings are tough to beat.

Revenge game

Justin Jackson played rotational minutes throughout the first half of the season with the Kings before heading to the Mavericks with Zach Randolph in exchange for Harrison Barnes at the trade deadline.

He returned to his old stomping grounds Thursday evening and looked pumped up against his former team. The 23-year-old wing was active and hit his shots, scoring 19 points on 9-for-16 shooting for Dallas in 32 minutes of action.