Marvin Bagley, the Sacramento Kings' second-choice NBA, will sit at least one more game tonight as his Sacramento Kings visit the Washington Wizards (NBC Sports Local at 7 pm EST). The rookie center has missed the last four games, but has resumed basketball activities, reports Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee.
"Bagley has been ruled out for the second leg of his four-game trip on the east coast of Sacramento," writes Anderson, "but it will be classified day-to-day."
On Feb. 27, the 6-foot-11, 234-pound team collapsed after a knee injury caused by a 141-140 overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. The next day, the team issued a statement claiming that its recruits' center would miss 1 to 2 weeks with a sprain.
Bucks forward Malcolm Brogdon ransacked Bagley on a screen, forcing him to bend the ground before being helped out of the field.
Here is the video of the collision:
His recovery time seems to be on the last end of the screenings, as he may be available for the trip to Boston on March 14th. He missed the 111-109 loss to the Celtics at Golden One Center last Wednesday.
The impact of the injury on the alignment of the Kings of Sacramento
On the season, former Duke Blue Devil has played 47 games this season, accumulating an average of 13.9 points (total shot 50.9 percent), 7.2 rebounds, 1 assists and 1 blocks in a little less than 25 minutes.
Bagley had recently set up a very strong February. He snatched a quartet of 20-point games, including a 32-point blast on Feb. 10 in a double-digit victory over the Phoenix Suns.
As Anthony Koon of the Heavy wrote on Wednesday nightBagley is "a sporty bounce with an arsenal of pole movements far more mature than your average 19 year old man.
"Bagley is a dominant force for the Kings since the break of the star game," he continues. "With a run of three doubles in doubles for tonight and an average of 24 points and 11.7 rebounds per game in this stretch, Bagley was a driving force in the Kings' win over the Thunder and the loss to the Warriors. "
The Kings are now 4 games away from eighth place in the Western Conference playoffs. Head coach Dave Joerger used a small ball look, the only field presence coming from Willie Cauley-Stein.
The former Kentucky Wildcat averaged 12.7 points per game in Bagley's absence, including two double-digit outings against the Celtics and Clippers. Forward Harry Giles III, who has scored 11 points per game and a defense over the past period, has been supportive.
NBA Playoffs Implications
Once Bagley returns, the Kings will continue to play their first playoff game since 2005-06.
According to the qualifying statusSacramento has a 8 percent chance of the post-season. This is divided into a 6 percent chance at seed 8 and a 2 percent chance at seed 7.
These chances have collapsed in the last month. According to Scout back on February 6th, the chances of participating in the playoffs were 33%. BPI from ESPN is even less generous, giving the Kings a little over 1% chance.
Tonight's match is absolutely essential for Sacramento by playoff status. A thwarted wizard plunges the playoff odds to only 5%, including a low 1% in the top 7 seeds. A win increases the overall odds to 11 percent.
After tonight, the Kings hold the third easiest schedule of the Western Conference teams. according to the status of the playoffs. This consists of 9 games against teams under .500, including 1 against the Bulls, Suns, Cavaliers and Lakers.
They have 5 home games with a 61% chance or more to go with a win, according to the team ranking. These games are against Dallas, Cleveland, Phoenix, Chicago and Brooklyn.
Pencil these at least must win, and road trips to Houston, San Antonio and Utah as needed to reverse the odds.