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Kings vs. Jazz: Live updates, news, notes, injuries, odds


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Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27), right, prevents a score by Sacramento Kings guard Terence Davis (9) during the second period of the NBA game Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento.

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Utah Jazz at Sacramento Kings

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Golden 1 Center

TV: NBC Sports California

Radio: Sports 1140 KHTK

Odds: Jazz -5.5

Over/under: 225.5

Morning injury report

Jazz: OUT — Rudy Gay (foot).

Kings: QUESTIONABLE — Maurice Harkless (hip).

What if Harkless is out?

Kings coach Luke Walton will have to come up with a new starting lineup if Maurice Harkless is unable to play in Friday’s home opener against the Utah Jazz at Golden 1 Center.

Harkless was listed as questionable on the team’s injury report due to left hip soreness. Walton said the 28-year-old forward missed practice Thursday after taking a hard fall in Wednesday’s season-opening 124-121 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Walton chose to start Harkless with De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton, Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes in the season opener. Walton has described Harkless and Barnes as completely interchangeable, saying he likes the positional versatility they give him at the forward spots.

Walton will have to fill one of those forward spots if Harkless is unavailable against Utah. Walton could go to a three-guard lineup with Barnes at power forward and Holmes at center. Walton could also start Tristan Thompson next to Holmes. Or he could consider starting Marvin Bagley III.

That seems unlikely after Bagley’s agent revealed he would not even part of Walton’s rotation to start the season, although Walton himself said “we’re going to need everyone this season.”

Note: Check back for updates with the latest news, notes, quotes and injury updates before, during and after tonight’s game between the Kings and Trail Blazers.

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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