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Kings vs. Clippers: Barnes, Bagley, Harkless injury updates


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Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, left, drives against Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Friday Jan. 15, 2021. The Clippers won 138-100. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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The Kings managed to earn a road win over the Los Angeles Clippers earlier this week despite the absences of Harrison Barnes, Maurice Harkless and Marvin Bagley III.

They might find themselves in a similar situation when they face the Clippers again on Saturday at Golden 1 Center, and this time they will probably have to deal with seven-time All-Star Paul George.

The Kings (9-14) will try to beat the Clippers (11-11) for the second time in 72 hours after picking up a 124-115 victory on Wednesday at Staples Center. George was held out of that game due to rest, but he returned to the lineup for Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Barnes has missed the past four games with a sprained right foot. Harkless has missed the past three games due to left knee soreness. Bagley has missed the past two games with a non-COVID-19-related illness.

Interim Kings coach Alvin Gentry said Barnes and Bagley both practiced Friday, but Bagley was still a little “under the weather.” Gentry said all three players were considered questionable for Saturday’s game, but the official injury report told a slightly different story. Barnes was listed as doubtful. Harkless was considered questionable. Bagley was not listed, indicating he will be available against the Clippers.

The Kings will have Sunday, Monday and Tuesday off before playing host to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. Gentry didn’t rule out of the possibility of holding Barnes and Harkless out for one more game given the opportunity for additional recovery time.

Los Angeles Clippers at Sacramento Kings

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Golden 1 Center

TV: NBC Sports California

Radio: Sports 1140 KHTK

Odds: TBD

Over/under: TBD

Injury report

Clippers: OUT — Nicolas Batum (health and safety protocols); Kawhi Leonard (knee); Jason Preston (foot).

Kings: Kings: QUESTIONABLE — Maurice Harkless (knee). DOUBTFUL — Harrison Barnes (foot). OUT — Robert Woodard II (G League).

Note: Check back for updates with the latest news, notes, quotes and injury updates throughout the day leading up to tonight’s game between the Kings and Clippers.

Jason Anderson is an award-winning sportswriter for The Sacramento Bee. He started his journalism career at The Bee more than 20 years ago and returned to cover the Sacramento Kings in September 2018.





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