Kings forward Marvin Bagley III suffered a broken left hand in the first half of Sacramento’s 122-116 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night.
The third-year big man came out of the game with 2:59 remaining in the first half, having already recorded 12 points on 6-of-9 shots, three rebounds and a blocked shot in 16 minutes. An X-ray administered at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte revealed a fourth metacarpal fracture in his left hand, according to the team.
Bagley will undergo further medical treatment in the coming days, and an update on his possible recovery schedule will be provided, the team said.
It is unclear how Bagley suffered the injury.
“I’m still very sorry,” Kings coach Luke Walton said. “He’s worked hard this year. I’ve said it all year, he’s kept making big strides, and he was putting together a great game tonight. We will miss him, we will miss him.” there on the court with us. We’re sorry for him, but that’s what being part of a team is all about. We will be there for him, and we have to find a way for other players to step in and try to fill in for what he was doing for us. ”
Bagley’s scoring average had risen every month this season: from 11.8 points per game in December to 13.8 points in January to 15.2 points on 51.9% shooting in February before this injury showed up in his fifth game played in March. .
It’s another setback for the former No. 2 pick in the 2018 draft, who played just 13 games last season due to various injuries, including a broken right thumb and a lateral sprain of his right foot.
“The guy has been playing great, he works hard and he’s unfortunate, but that’s part of it,” guard Tyrese Haliburton said. “We have to figure it out. There is no magic potion to cure him, so we have to solve this without him. He will still be with us every day, cheering us on and being a great teammate.”
The Kings (15-24) have lost 13 of their last 16 games.
Associated Press contributed to this report.