The Sacramento Kings' time in the NBA bubble at Disney World has gotten off to a rough start. Starting point guard De'Aaron Fox is still sidelined after spraining his ankle, and now they'll be without one of their young stars for the remainder of the season.
The Kings announced that second-year big man Marvin Bagley III will be held out of the NBA restart in Orlando, after MRI results revealed that he sustained a lateral right foot sprain which will require him to be in a walking boot for at least two weeks, per The Athletic's Shams Charania. The former Duke product underwent an MRI after injuring his right foot during an intra-squad scrimmage on Sunday, and the team was waiting for the results of the scan. While this is another tough blow for both the Kings and Bagley, he's expected to make a full recovery.
The No. 2 overall pick in 2018, Bagley showed promise in his rookie season, putting up 14.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and one blocked shot per game. Unfortunately, he hasn't had much of a chance to build on that campaign. Due to various injuries, including a broken thumb and a sprained left foot, Bagley has been limited to, a sporadic, 13 games this season.
He hadn't seen the court since Jan. 20, and it was unclear how large of a role he was going to have when the season restarted inside the bubble. Still, it's another loss that the team wasn't expecting to deal with, and will make their playoff push even more difficult.
Entering the bubble, the Kings are 3.5 games back of the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth seed, and will need to be within four games of that final spot when the seeding games end in order to clinch a spot in the play-in tournament. But even if they can manage that, they'll then need to beat the eighth seed twice in a row to get the playoff berth.
It's certainly not an impossible task, but the Kings are going to have an uphill battle to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006.