Marvin Bagley set to return after missing five games with knee injury

Marvin Bagley set to return after missing five games with knee injury

With 16 games remaining in the season, the Sacramento Kings’ rotation got a little deeper Thursday morning. Rookie Marvin Bagley has been cleared to play Thursday evening against the Boston Celtics after missing the previous five games with a left knee sprain.

Bagley, who turned 20 on Thursday, went down in the third quarter of the Kings’ overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks after tangling legs with Malcolm Brogdon on a screen. His initial diagnosis called for him to be reevaluated in 1-2 weeks. He was cleared to resume basketball activities earlier in the week and is right in line with the original projections.

Before the injury, the first-year pro was rolling. He’d posted three straight double-doubles and was averaging 24 points and 11.7 rebounds over the stretch.

The No. 2 overall selection in the 2018 NBA Draft is averaging 13.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and a block in 24.8 minutes per game. He’s missed 19 games this season due to injury.

There is no early word if Bagley has any minute restrictions or whether he will play in Sacramento’s back-to-back game on Friday against the Philadelphia 76ers.

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In Bagley's absence, Nemanja Bjelica and Harry Giles have stepped in and played well. The Kings now have a roster full of healthy bodies for the stretch run.

Kings vs. Mavericks live stream: How to watch NBA game online on MyTeams

NBC Sports Bay Area staff

Kings vs. Mavericks live stream: How to watch NBA game online on MyTeams

The good news heading into the Kings' Tuesday night matchup against the Mavericks is the Kings have beaten the Mavs in both meetings this season.

While all eyes will presumably be on Luka Doncic as he continues his campaign to be the Rookie of the Year, the Kings have one reason to start the day with confidence: Marvin Bagley III. He finished the Sunday's loss to the Lakers with 25 points and 11 rebounds coming off the bench. He currently has five 20-point double-doubles off the bench this season, the most by any rookie in the last 30 seasons.


The Kings should be rested heading into the game -- and the Mavs don't have a lot to hold on to as the playoffs near.

Here's how you can watch Kings-Mavericks, as well as NBC Sports California's pregame and postgame coverage, live on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app. 

When: 5:30 p.m. PT on Tuesday, March 26 (pregame show starts at 5:00 p.m.)
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Kings vs. Mavs watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage


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

DALLAS -- Playing for the third time in four nights, the road weary Sacramento Kings take on a shorthanded Dallas Mavericks team Tuesday evening at American Airlines Arena.

Sacramento is coming off a tough loss in Los Angeles at the hands of the Lakers. Kyle Kuzma torched the Kings in the third quarter, and Sacramento's comeback came up short late as they fell back under the .500 mark at 36-37 on the season

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After falling to the Kings on Thursday, the Mavericks walked into Oracle Arena and crushed the Warriors by 35 points. Luka Doncic dropped in a triple-double and six Mavericks scored in double-figures in the win.

Kings Pregame Live on NBC Sports California begins at 5:00 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m. All coverage can be seen on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

The Kings are on game two of a five-game trip that started Sunday in LA against the Lakers. Following the Dallas game, they'll hit New Orleans, Houston, and San Antonio before returning home to face the Rockets next Tuesday.


Kings by 2

Projected Lineups

PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Harrison Barnes
PF Nemanja Bjelcia
C Willie Cauley-Stein

PG Luka Doncic
SG Jalen Brunson
SF Justin Jackson
PF Maxi Kleber
C Dwight Powell

Injury Report

C Harry Giles (thigh bruise) out.

PG Luka Doncic (knee) questionable, SG Tim Hardaway Jr. (tibia) out, PG J.J. Barea (Achilles) out, PF Kristaps Porzingis (knee) out.

Rotation Outlook


Dave Joerger's crew is tired. After a back-to-back over the weekend, the Kings flew to Dallas on Monday with a game one day later. The Kings are on a stretch where they'll play six teams in six different cities over a nine-day period.

Marvin Bagley continues to shine during the stretch run. The 20-year-old dropped 25 points and 11 rebounds on Sunday against the Lakers for his third double-double in a row and fourth 20+ performance in his last five games.

Hield hit five 3-pointers against Los Angeles and now has 250 makes on the season and 574 over his first three years in the league. He needs 26 more triples in the Kings' final nine games to surpass Damian Lillard's NBA record of 599 3-point makes in the first three seasons his career.


Rick Carlisle's team is limping to the finish line. The team has already shut down Porzingis and Hardaway for the season, and Barrea went down early with an Achilles injury. Now Doncic is questionable with a sore knee.

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Former King, Justin Jackson, posted a team-high 19 points the last time these two teams faced off. The second-year wing shot 9-of-16 from the field and added five rebounds in 33 minutes for Dallas.

Seldom used rookie, Ryan Broekhoff, is taking advantage of his late season opportunity. The 28-year-old shooter has scored a combined 30 points over his previous two games. He had scored in double-figures just twice all season before the stretch.