Former Duke standout, Marvin Bagley III, has suffered a right hip and groin strain which will keep the high flyer sidelined for two to four weeks. This injury occurred just around the mid-way mark of the fourth quarter in a summer league matchup between the Kings and Suns. Bagley attempted to front first overall pick, DeAndre Ayton, in the post, but ended up not succeeding in doing so. Bagley’s long, athletic frame at 6’11” 235 pounds wasn’t able to move stalwart, DeAndre Ayton, standing at 7’1 260, out of the paint. On the play, Ayton had his way with Bagley, pinning him low to the ground. Once the ball was thrown in the air, Bagley took off from a disadvantageous position and made contact with a brick wall.
The injury comes at a bad a time for Bagley and the Kings because of the short evaluation window that comes with summer league. Even with earning the second overall pick, there are still some concerns with Bagley’s game. Though he is an elite athlete, there are questions about who he matches up with on the defensive end because of his slender frame. On top of that, Bagley still needs to show the ability to consistently knock down shots from deep and then develop the knack of finishing at the rim with his right hand. However, in limited summer league action, Bagley was able to show flashes of potential with some ball handling repsonsibilities as well.
Sacramento also needs to see Bagley play to feel how he fits in the rotation. Second year big man from Duke, Harry Giles, has stepped up for the Kings on the block. He is now fully recovered from his knee injury and has extended his range to the three point line. The two fellow Dukies could develop into a fierce duo on both ends of the floor, but Bagley must be healthy. The Kings having an aging Zach Randolph and could really use the young big men to step up to their potential in large roles.
What to expect from the Clint Capela thumb injury-Dr. Patel
The Houston Rocket’s center Clint Capela is expected to miss 4- 6 weeks with a reported thumb ligament injury. He is not expected to need surgery but may seek a second opinion.
Capela likely injured one of the collateral ligaments at the thumb. There is one on the inside of the thumb and one on the outside. Both of these are important for gripping activities and are commonly injured in basketball players. The MRI most likely revealed a partial ligament injury if he is not undergoing immediate surgery. These are usually protected with a cast or splint for about 4 weeks and then gradual return to activity by 6 weeks.
If Capela decides to have surgery, then this would involve fixation of the ligament with suture embedded into the bone to re-attach the ligament. For NBA players, this is usually 8 weeks to return to full play.
Regardless, he is not expected to return until after the All- Star break. This is a major hit for the Rockets who have little depth at center. Nene is expected to start, and PJ Tucker will rotate into center for their small lineup.
Challenges face the Lakers without Rondo
Just after the Los Angeles Lakers’ nail-biting defeat against the Sacramento Kings last night, further negative, interim news was confirmed that Rajon Rondo will miss at least a month of action with a sprained finger. Rondo suffered the injury during the Warriors game just this past Tuesday. Unfortunately, his finger sprain comes at quite the inopportune time for the veteran, as he had already generated a double-double in the game, prior to the incident. On top of having a myriad of finger issues in the past, the previous, four- time All Star has seen a major decrease in minutes while he plays second fiddle to promising second year point guard, Lonzo Ball.
Ball’s youth, promise, and unique size for a point guard is what keeps Rondo on the bench as the back-up point guard. However, statistically speaking, Rondo has a standout assist to turnover ratio at 3:1, while Ball’s is a respectable (2.3):1. The skew in ratios is due to Lonzo’s more frenetic, rapid pace which typically correlates to more turnovers, while Rondo is the more methodical, facilitating- first point guard. Though he averages just under 2.0 points a game than Lonzo, Rondo’s percentages from the field are predominately stronger than Ball’s. It’s a prime case of efficiency vs. flashiness here.
Looking forward, this is a great opportunity for Lonzo Ball to showcase his improvement with the extended minutes Rondo has granted him. Look for Lakers to take advantage of Ball’s length and defensive prowess to establish a fast tempo. Ball’s great ability to launch outlet passes ways away and push the ball in the open court will provide a nice pace for the offense. Especially with Lebron out for a bit of time, Laker’s fans will truly see what the second year point guard is able to carry on his shoulders. Ball must keep the turnovers down and wisely chose his attacks to the bucket, so he can create for himself or his teammates.