SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After missing the last five games because of a sprained left knee, Kings will get their heralded rookie Marvin Bagley III back tonight when they visit the Boston Celtics.

Bagley suffered the injury on Feb. 27 during the third quarter of a 141-140 overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in Sacramento. It was the same knee that he experienced a bone bruise in back in December.

The 6-foot-11 rookie from Duke will be a welcomed sight back in Dave Joerger’s lineup, after having two full practices under his belt since being cleared by team doctors to resume basketball activities last week. The Kings have sorely missed Bagley's energy, rebounding and low post activity.

Bagley is averaging 14 points and seven rebounds per game, while recording 13 double-doubles through 47 contests this season. The Kings are 8-11 in games where Bagley did not play.

Sacramento (33-33) finds itself farther outside the playoff hunt than they did before losing Bagley to injury. Coming into tonight’s game in Boston, the Kings sit in the ninth spot, 4.5 games behind the Clippers for the eighth and final playoff position in the Western Conference.  

Gordon Hayward’s game-winner in Sacramento last Wednesday shattered the Kings’ hopes of concluding a four-game homestand with a .500 record. Instead, his shot gave Boston the first game of the season series with a 111-109 victory, handing Sacramento a disappointing 1-3 record during that stretch at Golden 1 Center before embarking on this four-game road trip.

Boston (41-27) will have the services of Kyrie Irving back when they meet the Kings for the final time tonight, in search of the season series sweep. Irving missed last week’s game because of a bruised left thigh. Guard Marcus Smart and big-man Daniel Theis are listed as questionable by the Celtics tonight, as both players are battling an illness.

Jayson Tatum, who scored a game-high 24 points in the Celtics win over the Kings last week, is probable to play tonight after missing his first game of the season due to a sore right shoulder last Monday, in Boston’s 140-115 loss in Los Angeles to the Clippers.

Should Sacramento win tonight, they’ll snap a 10-game losing streak in Boston’s TD Garden; their last victory coming back on Jan. 19, 2007.

  • WHEN: Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • WHERE: TD Garden - Boston, MA
  • TIP-OFF: 4:30 p.m. PT
  • WHERE TO WATCH: NBC Sports California
  • WHERE TO LISTEN:  1140 AM KHTK
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Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield, right, goes to the basket against Boston Celtics center Al Horford during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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