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Kings’ Richaun Holmes out 2-3 weeks with shoulder injury

Richaun Holmes, Kings

Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes will be out two to three weeks after injuring his shoulder against the Golden State Warriors last Jan. 6.

Holmes has been playing phenomenal for the Kings this season, as he’s averaging 13.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.1 steal and 1.4 block per game. He has been a key part of Sacramento’s success this season despite the injuries the team has suffered from.

The 26-year-old big man was signed this offseason as a backup for Dewayne Dedmon, but he eventually took over the starting job. Harry Giles and Dedmon will most likely be splitting the minutes at the center position for the next couple of weeks as Richaun Holmes eases back into the lineup.

On a good note, Marvin Bagley III is expected to return to the lineup on Monday’s game against the Orlando Magic. Bagley has missed the past eight games due to a foot injury he suffered in December. He has already missed the first 22 games of the season because of a thumb injury he suffered from in the season opener against the Phoenix Suns.

Meanwhile, The Kings are currently the 13th seed in the Western Conference with a record of 15-24. They are only two games behind the Memphis Grizzlies, who are the eighth seed.

Once the Kings are fully healthy, they could most certainly make a run for the lower playoff seeds. They are seeking to make their first playoff appearance in 14 years this season.