Marvin Bagley just seems to get better every game. Tune in to watch everyone’s League Pass favorite Kings (that’s serious, but still a weird thing to type), and his growth has been evident throughout the season as he became more comfortable and found room for his game in the NBA. Of late he’s been on a roll: In the three games leading into Wednesday night — games against the Warriors, Thunder, and Timberwolves — Bagley had a combined for 72 points and 35 rebounds (24 points and 11.7 rebounds a game).
Then Wednesday night, this happened.
What was scary is that was his right knee that collided with the Bucks player, but he went down grabbing his left knee. Watch the replay closely and you can see his left foot kind of stick and his knee twist awkwardly. Those kinds of injuries are scary.
Fortunately, it is just a sprain, the Kings announced Thursday. From the press release:
An MRI conducted this morning on Kings forward Marvin Bagley III revealed a left knee sprain. He will be reevaluated in approximately 1-2 weeks.
That’s good news long-term for the Kings, this looked far worse at the time.
In the short-term, as the Kings chase a playoff spot in the West, this is a blow. Bagley was playing great ball, expect a combination of Nemanja Bjelica, Harrison Barnes, and maybe Harry Giles to soak up the minutes, but those are downgrades over where Bagley is now.
The Kings are the nine seed in the West, two games back of the Clippers and Spurs, who are tied for at seven/eight (the final two playoff spots). Sacramento is trying to snap a 12-year playoff drought.