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Marvin Bagley injury: Kings rookie to miss at least two more weeks

Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley will be sidelined for at least two more weeks as he recovers from a bone bruise on his left knee, the team said in a statement on Friday.

The rookie who’s averaging a healthy 12.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game in 26 contests has tremendous upside and is anticipated to be a franchise cornerstone for years to come after being selected No. 2 overall in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Bagley sustained the injury in a December 14, 130-125 loss to the Golden State Warriors at Golden 1 Center. In his absence, Nemanja Bjelica will continue to see an increased role.

The Kings are one of the NBA’s feel-good stories for the 2018-19 campaign, amassing a 19-16 record and No. 8 position in the gauntlet that is the Western Conference.

On Thursday night, they won a 117-116 thriller against the Los Angeles Lakers after Bogdan Bogdanovic hit a deep three-pointer from nearly 30 feet as time expired.

According to the statement, Bagley will resume basketball activities in two weeks, which means he is likely looking at a mid-January return to game action in a best-case scenario.

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.
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