Bjelica recorded 15 points (5-8 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 13 assists, eight rebounds, two steals and one block in 32 minutes during Thursday's 136-122 win over the Kings.
Bjelica flirted with a triple-double in the finale, and his passing was especially great. He dropped a career-high 13 dimes to only one turnover, helping facilitate the offense with De'Aaron Fox (shoulder) out.
Bjelica is in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Pelicans, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
The 32-year-old played only five minutes during Sunday's matchup with Houston, but he'll return to the starting five with Richaun Holmes (hip) and De'Aaron Fox (shoulder) sidelined. Bjelica is averaging 7.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 20.7 minutes through six games in the bubble.
Bjelica will start Thursday's game against the Pelicans, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Coach Luke Walton experimented with starting Cory Joseph instead of Bjelica, but he'll go back to the 6-foot-10 Serbian on Thursday. Through the first three seeding games, he's averaged 8.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals in 28.3 minutes.
Bjelica posted 12 points (5-8 FG, 2-2 3Pt), 13 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 35 minutes during Tuesday's 114-110 overtime loss to the Mavericks.
Bjelica was moved to the bench Tuesday in favor of Cory Joseph. He was still able to make an impact, however, finishing with his ninth double-double of the campaign. It was a nice bounce back, despite the loss, after Bjelica went 1-for-4 for two points in 20 minutes during the Kings' previous contest against the Magic.
Bjelica will shift to the bench for Tuesday's game against Dallas, Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee reports.
The Kings will mix up the lineup after an 0-2 start, going smaller with Cory Joseph in the backcourt alongside De'Aaron Fox. Bogdan Bogdanovic will move up to small forward, with Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes rounding out the starting five.
Bjelica compiled 13 points (3-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-8 FT), three assists, two steals and a rebound across 18 minutes in Wednesday's 104-98 scrimmage loss to the Heat.
The way is paved for Bjelica to hold a starting role in the bubble since Marvin Bagley (foot) won't be around for the restart. Although you'll see some of Harry Giles III and Harrison Barnes in prominent frontcourt roles, Bjelica is the one that started all but four of 64 games at the four, and it's a trend that should continue in the coming weeks.
Bjelica put up 14 points (6-12 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists and a block across 30 minutes Sunday in the Kings' 118-113 loss to the Raptors.
Bjelica had been a standout fantasy performer for about a month-long stretch earlier in the season, when Marvin Bagley missed time or was limited by a sore left foot, but the 31-year-old hasn't been quite as good since Bagley aggravated the injury Jan. 20. Though Bjelica remains locked in as the Kings' clear top option at power forward, he was averaging just 7.5 points and 5.5 boards in the first four games of March before coming through with the double-double Sunday. Even in this relatively good performance, he still failed to knock down a three-pointer. Furthermore, the block was his first since the All-Star break. Bjelica no longer looks like the must-roster option in 12-team leagues that he was earlier this season, especially with the Kings set to play only two games this week.
Bjelica ended with six points (2-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in 30 minutes during Tuesday's 133-126 victory over Washington.
Bjelica continues his statistical free-fall, struggling to find any rhythm in the win. The playing time has been apparent all season as the Kings have battled through multiple injuries to key players. After a long stretch of meaningful production, Bjelica has fallen off over the past few weeks. In fact, over the past two weeks, he is just the 182nd-ranked player. At this point, his spot on a 12-team roster would be better served for streaming purposes.
Bjelica posted seven points (3-10 FG, 1-6 3Pt), seven rebounds, two assists and one steal across 24 minutes during Sunday's 106-100 win over the Pistons.
Bjelica regressed after two good games in which he combined for 31 points, 20 rebounds, four assists and two steals. Since the All-Star break, he's averaging 9.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 threes.
Bjelica totaled 16 points (6-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-3 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and a block in 33 minutes during Monday's loss to the Bucks.
Bjelica continues to be a bright spot in what has amounted to a disappointing season thus far for the Kings. He's on a four-game run of double figures and is getting buckets from across the floor during that stretch. On the year, the 31-year-old's posting 12.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.1 threes in 28.5 minutes per contest.
Bjelica notched 15 points (6-10 FG, 3-4 3Pt), six rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block in 32 minutes during Saturday's 122-102 win over the Spurs.
Bjelica has scored in double digits in his last three games, a feat he has accomplished in all but five games since the calendar flipped to 2020. He is doing it at an efficient rate as well, as Bjelica is making 61.5 percent of his shots while connecting on 71.4 percent of his threes during that aforementioned three-game run.
Bjelica had nine points (3-8 FG, 3-8 3Pt), three rebounds, three assists and one block in 30 minutes during Saturday's 129-113 loss to the Lakers.
Bjelica struggled again Saturday, continuing to trend in the wrong direction. His minutes are all but assured with Marvin Bagley (foot) apparently unable to stay healthy despite barely playing this season. After a few sub-par performances, Bjelica could be dropped in a few leagues. If that is the case and you have a spare roster spot, he should be added given he remains in a favorable situation.
Bjelica had zero points (0-5 FG, 0-2 3Pt) and five assists in 24 minutes during Wednesday's 120-100 loss to the Thunder.
Bjelica failed to score Wednesday, barely contributing despite playing 24 minutes. This was arguably his worst performance of the season and was a real blow for those who had him active on a relatively low-volume day. As long as Richaun Holmes (shoulder) and Marvin Bagley (foot) are out, Bjelica is going to see plenty of run and owners should not be panicking after one poor performance.
Bjelica ended with 20 points (7-10 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, eight assists, three blocks and two steals in 41 minutes during Monday's 133-129 overtime victory over the Timberwolves.
Bjelica turned the screws on his former team, putting up arguably the best all-around line of his career and helping the Kings rally from 20 points down in the final quarter. He's been exceptional thus far in January, posting averages of 15.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.4 triples and 1.2 steals in 33.0 minutes this month while shooting 53.5 percent from the field. Until the Kings get both Richaun Holmes (shoulder) and Marvin Bagley (foot) back from injury, Bjelica looks like a clear must-roster player in standard leagues.
Bjelica scored 14 points (6-12 FG, 1-4 3PT, 1-1 FT) and added nine rebounds, five assists and one steal in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 127-106 loss to Detroit.
Bjelica extended his double-digit point streak to seven with the effort and came just one rebound shy of his fourth double-double this month. On the year, the 31-year-old is averaging 12.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
Bjelica had 22 points (8-13 FG, 2-6 3PT, 4-4 FT), six rebounds and three assists in Monday's loss to Miami.
Bjelica played through a minor ankle issue to finish with his sixth straight double-digit scoring outing. While the Kings suffered a fifth consecutive loss, Bjelica continues to have some fantasy appeal as a player who's been locked into a 30-plus-minute-per-night role of late.
Bjelica (ankle) is available Monday against the Heat.
Bjelica has been dealing with a sprained right ankle recently but will continue to play through the issue. Over his last five games, the veteran forward is averaging 17.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.6 steals in 36.0 minutes.
Bjelica is considered probable for Monday's game against the Heat.
Bjelica is dealing with a minor ankle sprain but the team isn't expecting him to miss Monday's contest. He's played at least 33 minutes in each of the last five games, and he's scored in double figures in all five, including a 34-point outburst in a win over Orlando on Jan. 13.
Bjelica (ankle) scored 10 points (3-4 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go with three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 33 minutes Saturday in the Kings' 123-101 loss to the Jazz.
Bjelica has been labeled probable ahead of the Kings' last few games, but as that designation implies, he's never been in serious risk of missing any of those contests. So long as Richaun Holmes (shoulder) is sidelined, Bjelica should continue to benefit from heavy minutes at power forward while Marvin Bagley operates as the Kings' primary center. Bjelica is averaging 17.2 points while shooting 55 percent from the field and 55.2 percent from three-point range over the Kings' past five games.
Bjelica (ankle) is available Saturday against the Jazz.
As expected, Bjelica will continue to play through a sprained right ankle. Over the past 10 games, he's averaging 15.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steal in 31.5 minutes.
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|08/11||vs NO||W 112-106||33||13||5||2||3||2||1|
|08/09||vs HOU||L 112-129||5||3||2||1||0||0||0|
|08/07||@ BKN||L 106-119||18||4||6||2||1||0||2|
|08/06||vs NO||W 140-125||16||11||4||3||0||1||1|
|08/04||vs DAL||L 110-114||35||12||13||1||1||1||1|
|08/02||@ ORL||L 116-132||20||2||3||1||0||0||0|
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