SACRAMENTO -- Practice ran long Monday afternoon, forcing the Kings to push back their scheduled flight to Phoenix. Coach Dave Joerger said the team was working on basics in an attempt to shore up some of the mistakes it made over the last few games.
When media entered the practice facility, though, Marvin Bagley III was noticeably missing from the floor. We now have an update on his condition.
According to the team, the 19-year-old big man underwent a precautionary MRI, which revealed "nothing of concern." Bagley will miss Tuesday's game against the Phoenix Suns and is listed as day-to-day.
The rookie injured his lower back during the Kings' loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, and he missed Saturday's win over the Indiana Pacers with lower back spasms.
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Selected with the No. 2 overall pick in 2018 NBA Draft, Bagley is averaging 13 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 24.1 minutes per game for Sacramento.
Over his previous six games, Bagley appeared to find a groove with the Kings' second unit, posting 16.3 points and 10 rebounds per game. In the rookie's absence, Joerger turned to veteran Kosta Koufos against Indiana for the reserve minutes at center.
The Kings will face a struggling Suns team that sits 4-19 on the season. They'll be without Devin Booker, their leading scorer, who injured his hamstring in Sunday's loss to the Lakers.
Phoenix's second leading scorer, T.J. Warren, is listed as doubtful with an ankle injury.
De'Aaron Fox doesn't have time for your snippy comments.
On Thursday, the Kings posted an image on Instagram stating Fox's case to win the Most Improved Player award.
Among the hundreds of comments were fans stating Fox was supposed to improve from Year 1 to Year 2.
He wasn't having it.
As NBC Sports California's James Ham wrote, Fox took a massive leap this past season. The point guard went from 11.6 points per game as a rookie to 17.3 as a sophomore. His assist numbers spiked from 4.4 to 7.3. And he improved vastly as a shooter, boosting his field-goal percentage from 41 percent to 45 percent. From 3-point range, Fox went from 30 percent to 37 percent.
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But the competition for the award will be fierce. Along with teammate Buddy Hield, Raptors forward Pascal Siakam, Nets guard D'Angelo Russell, Clippers big man Montrezl Harrell and Hawks forward Jon Collins also will garner lots of support.
One thing is for sure. Fox definitely is Most Likely To Snap Back At Your Comments.
Corey Brewer has been around the NBA.
The Kings are the eighth team the journeyman forward has suited up for in his 12-year career, and the ninth organization he's been a part of overall. But after finishing the 2018-19 season in California's capital, Brewer hopes he has found a more permanent home.
“Just being around these young guys has been fun,” Brewer told the Kings' website. “Just being able to help them as best I can, and knowing how good they can be and how good they’re going to be.”
After Sacramento traded Iman Shumpert ahead of the deadline, Brewer gave the young Kings team some much-needed veteran leadership. The 33-year-old signed a pair of 10-day contracts in January, before signing with the team for the remainder of the season in February.
“He’s been good for us,” point guard De’Aaron Fox said back in February. “When he gets on the court, you know what he’s going to bring.”
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In 24 games with the Kings, Brewer averaged 4.1 points and 2.5 rebounds in just under 15 minutes per. His impact was particularly felt on the defensive end, as Kings.com writer Alex Kramers noted, where Sacramento gave up 4.1 fewer points per 100 possessions with him on the floor,
Brewer can become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but it sounds like he doesn't have much intention of signing anywhere else.