There was good news and bad news for the Kings as they prepared to play the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night at Golden 1 Center.
The good news is that center Richaun Holmes is ready to return to the lineup after missing the past three games due to injury and illness. The bad news is Sacramento could still be missing two starters as forwards Harrison Barnes and Maurice Harkless continue to deal with injuries.
Holmes was held out of Wednesday’s 125-121 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers due to a right eye contusion. He missed Friday’s 141-137 triple-overtime victory over the Lakers and Sunday’s 128-101 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies due to a non-COVID-19-related illness.
Holmes was not listed on the team’s injury report Monday, but Barnes and Harkless were. Barnes was listed as doubtful after missing the past two games with a right foot sprain. Harkless is considered questionable after missing Sunday’s game with left knee soreness.
The Lakers have a few injury issues of their own. Anthony Davis is listed as probable despite suffering from a head contusion. LeBron James is questionable with a rectus abdominal strain, the same injury that sidelined him for eight games in early November, but he insisted Sunday he would be ready to go against the Kings.
Veteran point guard Avery Bradley is questionable due to right hand soreness. Trevor Ariza (ankle) and Kendrick Nunn (knee) have yet to play for the Lakers this season.
The Lakers have ruled Bradley out for Tuesday’s game with right hand soreness.
Bradley, 31, has appeared in 21 games this season, including 16 games as a starter. He is averaging 5.0 points and 2.5 rebounds while shooting 38.1% from the field and 34.9% from 3-point range.
LeBron enters NBA protocols
James has been ruled out against the Kings, but not because of the abdominal injury.
James entered NBA health and safety protocols Tuesday. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported James will be sidelined for at least 10 days or until he returns two positive COVID-19 tests 24 hours apart.
James has only appeared in 11 games this season. The Lakers are 4-7 in games he has missed.
Kings injury updates
During his pregame news conference, interim Kings coach Alvin Gentry said Barnes and Harkless would be out of the lineup again Tuesday, and Marvin Bagley III had been ruled out due to a non-COVID-19-related illness.
The Kings will again go with a three-guard lineup of De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton and Terence Davis with Chimezie Metu and power forward and Holmes at center.
Los Angeles Lakers at Sacramento Kings
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Golden 1 Center
TV: NBC Sports California
Radio: Sports 1140 KHTK
Odds: Lakers -3.5
Lakers: PROBABLE — Anthony Davis (head contusion). QUESTIONABLE — LeBron James (abdominal strain); Avery Bradley (hand). OUT — Trevor Ariza (ankle); Chaundee Brown Jr. (G League); Jay Huff (G League); Kendrick Nunn (knee).
Kings: Kings: QUESTIONABLE — Maurice Harkless (knee). DOUBTFUL — Harrison Barnes (foot). OUT — Neemias Queta (G League); Robert Woodard II (G League).
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