Kings coach Dave Joerger says he started Marvin Bagley III vs. Timberwolves because of matchups
Sacramento Kings head coach Dave Joerger has found his way into the news over the last few days due to coaching decisions. This time, it was all about his decision to start Marvin Bagley III against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
According to Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee, Joerger had a simple answer for Bagley getting his second-career start: Matchups.
It’s hard to argue against the results that Bagley produced, as the big man picked up a team high in a number of categories. Those included field goals made (9), free throws made (6), rebounds (11), blocks (2), and points (25).
Meanwhile, his counterpart, Dario Saric, had just seven points and three rebounds on the night.
Although Bagley had a monster night, it didn’t lead to a win, as the Kings lost 112-105 in Minnesota. This is their second loss in the three games since the All-Star break, and it couldn’t come at a worse time in the season to this point.
The Kings are in ninth place in the Western Conference with a 31-29 record. They’re just one game out of eighth place and only separated from fifth place by four games.
That being said, the Kings are only two games ahead of falling to 11th place in the standings and finding themselves in a very tough spot down the stretch.
Due to this, it’s admittedly a tough spot for Joerger. Do you keep the lineup that had you in the playoffs before the All-Star break? Or do you make changes after Bagley’s monster game?
We don’t appear to have an answer yet. In the same interview, Dave Joerger was unsure if Marvin Bagley III would start again this year.