Bjelica logged eight points (3-4 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one steal over 12 minutes in Friday's 110-107 win over the Pistons. Bjelica didn't appear in any of the last three games, but he saw double-digit minutes off the bench in Friday's narrow win. He shot 75 percent from the floor while also generating modest production in rebounds and assists. Bjelica's role off the bench has been unpredictable recently, but he's efficient when he's given opportunities.
Bjelica will come off the bench Saturday against the Bulls. After starting Thursday, Bjelica will head back to the bench. However, he could still see significant action, as the Kings are dealing with multiple frontcourt absences. In the four games this season that Bjelica has seen at least 20 minutes, he has averaged 15.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists.
Bjelica produced 25 points (11-21 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 1-3 FT), eight rebounds, three assists and two steals across 35 minutes in Thursday's 118-110 loss to the Heat. Bjelica was a surprise start leading up to Thursday's game, as many expected Marvin Bagley to run alongside Hassan Whiteside in a game without Richaun Holmes and Harrison Barnes. Although Bagley turned in a strong game, it was Bjelica who surpassed all scorers in the loss. While he's too risky as a fantasy prospect, he may be worth considering if Holmes or Barnes is out for the weekend, as the Kings play a back-to-back on Saturday and Sunday.
Bjelica will start Thursday's game against the Heat, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Bjelica is set for his first start of the season after he played just five minutes during Monday's loss to the Nets. The 32-year-old's role has been all over the place this season, as he hasn't even appeared in 14 of the team's 27 games. Bjelica will have a chance to improve on his season high of 15 points in the starting role.
Bjelica has appeared in each of the Kings' last three games, averaging 8.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 0.7 three-pointers in 20.0 minutes. Nearly all of Bjelica's production came over the weekend in losses to the Magic and the Grizzlies, when Sacramento was without Marvin Bagley (calf). Though Bagley worked as the Kings' starting center in his return from a two-game absence Monday, little playing time was left over for Bjelica, as head coach Luke Walton elected to ride Harrison Barnes more heavily at power forward. Bjelica -- who played just five first-half minutes in the loss -- could be in danger of falling out of the rotation entirely if Richaun Holmes is ready to go for Thursday's game versus the Heat.
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