Kings rookie Marvin Bagley III questionable vs. Warriors on Saturday
Marvin Bagley III has been dealing with a bruised knee for three weeks now. He has been out of action since Dec. 14 after coming down hard and injuring his knee against the Warriors.
According to the injury report at NBA.com, the 19-year-old is 50-50 to play when they play the Dubs again, though chances are he’ll still be sidelined.
Bagley has been very effective for the Kings this season. Though his transition into the NBA hasn’t been totally seamless, his performance as an offensive weapon has been clear. He runs the pick and roll with De’Aaron Fox with ease and is a very good isolation scorer who can easily take smaller wing players in the post and dominate them.
Through 26 games this season, Bagley has averaged 12.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while playing 23.1 minutes every night. He’s shot a very healthy 53.6 percent from the field and has hit 34.6 percent of this threes. He wasn’t expected to be able to shoot well from three, but he is only taking shots from deep when necessary.
The Kings have really outperformed themselves this season and have exceeded everyone’s expectations. Fox and their sharpshooter Buddy Hield have really turned their offense into a pace-and-space offensive system. They run on the fastbreak and simply outrun older teams.
They are 19-19 on the season and currently sit 9th in the NBA’s Western Conference.
On the other hand, the Warriors are in a little bit of a slump. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are having the worst seasons of their respective careers. On Thursday against the Houston Rockets, they failed to pull out a close one despite leading by 17 points at the half.