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. Lakers live stream: How to watch NBA game online and on MyTeams

NBC Sports Bay Area staff

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

The Lakers have a slight (and we mean very slight) advantage over the Kings as the teams prep for a matchup in the City of Angels.

Los Angeles has gone 2-1 against the Kings this season -- so that's about as intimidating the Lakers are at the moment. 

The Kings enter Sunday's game 5 1/2 games behind the Spurs which sets them at eighth place in the Western Conference. 

Buddy Hield heads into the game with a bit of confidence knowing he broke Peja Stojakavic's franchise record of three-pointers in a single season.

“Getting the record from Peja, he left a mark on this franchise, it’s pretty big,” Hield told NBC Sports California's James Ham. “It’s something special. Hope I can keep it for many years, but who knows. There’s always going to be some other kid that’s going to come up and break records.”

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

When: 6:30 p.m. PT on Sunday, March 24 (pregame show starts at 6:00 p.m.)
Live Stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app

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

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

LOS ANGELES -- Looking for a third straight win, the Sacramento Kings venture to Los Angeles to face LeBron James and the struggling Lakers on Sunday evening at Staples Center.

Buddy Hield had a magical night against the Suns on Saturday. The third-year pro hit three 3-pointers early in the game to surpass Peja Stojakovic for the Kings' all-time record for most makes from behind the arc in a single season. 

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The Lakers are spiraling during the post-All-Star break schedule. They sit at 31-41 on the season, which puts them in 11th place in the Western Conference.

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

Following the game against the Lakers, the Kings fly to Dallas for leg two of their five-game trip. They'll make stops in New Orleans, Houston, and San Antonio before returning home to face the Rockets on April 2 at Golden 1 Center.


Kings by 1.5

Projected Lineups

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

PG Rajon Rondo
SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF LeBron James
PF Kyle Kuzma
C JaVale McGee

Injury Report

C Harry Giles (quad contusion) out.

F LeBron James (knee) probable, C Mike Muscala (tendonitis) questionable, PG Lonzo Ball (ankle) out, G Josh Hart (knee) out, SF Brandon Ingram (blood clots) out.

Rotation Outlook


Dave Joerger will likely run the same lineup out on the floor that he has over the last six games. Nemanja Bjelica put up big numbers against Phoenix starting at the four, finishing the evening with 13 points and a career-high 17 rebounds in the win.

Giles will miss a second straight game with a thigh contusion. The injury is not considered serious.

With Giles sidelined, Joerger turned to veteran Kosta Koufos to fill the void. After being healthy scratch in 10 of his last 11 games, the veteran played well in his 13 minutes of action, scoring four points and grabbing four rebounds while limiting Deandre Ayton.


Los Angeles is just trying to survive the season. A series of injuries to their young players have Luke Walton's group scrambling. The Lakers have dropped five straight and 10 of their previous 11 games and have officially been eliminated from the postseason.

McGee posted a huge 33-point, 20-rebound, 6-block performance in the Lakers loss to the Nets on Friday. The 11-year NBA veteran has had a solid season in his first season with the Lakers.