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Marvin Bagley III out up to 2 weeks with bone bruise on knee

Marvin Bagley, Kings

The Sacramento Kings gave the star-studded Golden State Warriors a run for their money on Friday night. Unfortunately, they did not make it out unscathed after power forward Marvin Bagley III was forced to leave the game early.

Bagley suffered a knee injury during Sacramento’s narrow 130-125 loss to Golden State. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, he is expected to miss two weeks with a bone bruise in his left knee:

Sacramento Kings rookie Marvin Bagley III has a left knee bone bruise and will miss 10-to-14 days, then be re-evaluated.

The update is certainly an encouraging one. Bagley took quite a spill during the second quarter versus the Warriors. Although he was able to score an open lay up on the ensuing possession, he was clearly limping afterward and the Kings were forced to foul in order to get him out of the game. To make matters worse, he had to be helped to the locker room. Fortunately, the injury does not appear to be too severe.

Bagley has shown plenty of promise thus far in the 2018-19 NBA season. The rookie entered Friday averaging 13 points and 6.3 rebounds in 23.8 minutes per game. It is safe to assume he will be able to reclaim his integral role on the roster when he returns.

In the meantime, the Kings will likely rely on their other young pieces in the frontcourt. Small forward Justin Jackson was the main beneficiary of Bagley’s absence on Friday after playing 26 minutes. However, it is safe to assume that Sacramento will look to get rookie big man Harry Giles some minutes over the next few weeks as well.