6:57pm: Sabonis has a bruised left knee and will be reevaluated when the Kings return from their upcoming five-game trip, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweets. Imaging shows no structural damage but the Kings will only have four games left after the re-evaluation on April 2.
12:53pm: The Kings are awaiting the results of an MRI on Domantas Sabonis‘ knee after the big man left Sunday’s game in the fourth quarter due to an injury, writes Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee.
Sabonis hit the floor following a collision with Suns forward Mikal Bridges, clutching his left knee in “obvious pain,” writes Anderson (video link). Sabonis was able to walk to the bench under his own power and stayed in the game for another 28 seconds, but headed to the locker room at the next stoppage and didn’t return.
Head coach Alvin Gentry, who confirmed that Sabonis would undergo an MRI, told reporters there would be an update on Monday or Tuesday, adding that the Kings would have to “wait and see” whether the injury is anything serious.
“We don’t know anything other than that,” Gentry said. “But, obviously, he’s a key to what we’re doing, and, if nothing else, we’re trying to have growth with the chemistry and everything on this team and learning to play with each other, so obviously when he goes down like that, there’s always concern.”
Even if the injury turns out to be a minor one, the Kings likely won’t be in a rush to get Sabonis back on the court. The team is six games out of a play-in spot with just nine games remaining on its schedule, so a lottery finish is a near certainty. The priority would be making sure Sabonis – Sacramento’s big in-season acquisition – is 100% healthy for next season.
The Kings announced last week that Richaun Holmes will be out for the rest of the season for personal reasons, so if Sabonis has to miss time too, the club will be without its top two centers. That would result in more playing time for Chimezie Metu, Damian Jones, and possibly Alex Len down the stretch.
10 thoughts on “Domantas Sabonis Has Bruised Left Knee, No Structural Damage”
Why would he have played another 28 seconds? Why risk it?
Have the Kings just been cursed since Chris Webber left 15+ years ago?… every move they make feels like it makes some sense, then it blows up in their face.. every time. Yeesh
At this Point, we have about as much chance of making any playoffs as a Snowball in Hell. Why risk the future for a lost season. Bring up a couple of “G” leaguers for the last 9 games and shut Sabonis, Fox down and Attempt to Right the Ship in the Offseason and beginning of next the next season. Hire D. Christie as Coach, Draft a Good Player and hope for the best.
Lol Christie?? Give him 2+ Years to figure it out before he figures out he’s not very good? Then what? Move the franchise to Seattle? How about get a coach and a gm that have professional track records. How about make a correct front office move for the first time in literally 20 years. Doug Christie, lol you gotta be on fentanyl
That does seem to be the Problem,in the Front Office, That Said we have had 2 or 3 good coaches already, but because one player didn’t like the style of play, so that meant get rid of the coach instead of one player. Malone was a good coach, George wasn’t even given a Chance and yet hes in the top 10 of Coaches in Wins vs Losses, but at LEAST Christie has been with the club the last 3 years. and Knows the Players. He is Defense minded, as Far as reaching out to a Coach w/ a good track record ?? They are already employed or wouldn’t want to come here with this Franchises Manager Record of Hiring & Firing and you damn well know this. Monte McNair has Only been in place 2 seasons, give the guy a chance at least he saw that the current roster sucked and made changes. Christie is better than Gentry and the Players like him better than Gentry !!
Tommy want tankyy
Trading Haliburton was a mistake.
Sabonis is much better than Haliburton & Fox has been playing back at his stellar level of last year since they traded Haliburton away… so it seems to me that was a great decision from SAC, right?
Well, I bet they still would have accepted the Trade if it was Fox instead of Haliburton !!
Who knows, but what I will say is that right now Fox is playing at a great level, back to his best… I don’t know if Haliburton will ever be that good you see!
Fox is great meanwhile Haliburton may or may not be better, either way is a risk, but I prefer Fox ’cause he is for real & almost as young!