Bjelica missed the front end of the Kings' back-to-back set Saturday against the Rockets, but reclaimed his usual spot in the starting five in his return. The Kings held top backup Marvin Bagley (illness) out Sunday, so there's some risk of Bjelica seeing his minutes take a hit if both players are available in Tuesday's rematch with Houston.
Bjelica (illness) will not play in Saturday's game against the Rockets, Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 Sacramento reports.
Bjelica left Thursday's game against New Orleans early due to the illness, and it is still affecting him enough to keep him sidelined. With Harry Giles (thigh) also sidelined, look for Marvin Bagley to see some extra run, while Caleb Swanigan could also get some work.
Bjelica has been ruled out for the remainder of Thursday's game against New Orleans due to illness, Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 Sacramento reports.
Bjelica recorded a rebound and failed to score (0-1 FG, 0-1 3Pt) in eight minutes of action prior to being ruled out. Marvin Bagley and Caleb Swanigan should be in line for more minutes with Bjelica shelved.
Bjelica put up 13 points (5-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 17 rebounds, five assists, a steal and a blocked shot across 36 minutes in Saturday's 112-103 win over the Suns.
Saturday's game was by far Bjelica's best effort since regaining a starting role for the Kings two weeks ago. Even as a starter, Bjelica's minutes and totals are often eclipsed by Marvin Bagley's effort off the bench, but the 30-year old big man got hot early and stayed on the court. Bagley's presence compromises his fantasy value and makes him a risky frontcourt play.
Bjelica compiled 14 points (6-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 28 minutes during Tuesday's 123-121 loss to the Nets.
Bjelica bucked the recent trend by playing 28 minutes Tuesday, finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He had been trending down prior to Tuesday and this performance was certainly not expected. Both teams went small which factored into the increased playing time and owners should not get too excited about his outlook.
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