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The Marvin Bagley lll injury puts the Kings in precarious position

Hale Thornhill-Wilson



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Former Duke standout, Marvin Bagley  III, has suffered a right hip and groin strain which will keep the high flyer sidelined for two to four weeks. This injury occurred just around the mid-way mark of the fourth quarter in a summer league matchup between the Kings and Suns. Bagley attempted to front first overall pick, DeAndre Ayton, in the post, but ended up not succeeding in doing so. Bagley’s long, athletic frame at 6’11” 235 pounds wasn’t able to move stalwart, DeAndre Ayton, standing at 7’1 260, out of the paint. On the play, Ayton had his way with Bagley, pinning him low to the ground. Once the ball was thrown in the air, Bagley took off from a disadvantageous position and made contact with a brick wall.

The injury comes at a bad a time for Bagley and the Kings because of the short evaluation window that comes with summer league. Even with earning the second overall pick, there are still some concerns with Bagley’s game. Though he is an elite athlete, there are questions about who he matches up with on the defensive end because of his slender frame. On top of that, Bagley still needs to show the ability to consistently knock down shots from deep and then develop the knack of finishing at the rim with his right hand. However, in limited summer league action, Bagley was able to show flashes of potential with some ball handling repsonsibilities as well.

Sacramento also needs to see Bagley play to feel how he fits in the rotation. Second year big man from Duke, Harry Giles, has stepped up for the Kings on the block. He is now fully recovered from his knee injury and has extended his range to the three point line. The two fellow Dukies could develop into a fierce duo on both ends of the floor, but Bagley must be healthy. The Kings having an aging Zach Randolph and could really use the young big men to step up to their potential in large roles.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Hale played basketball competitively at renowned Loyola High School- all four years. Currently, he's a senior at Duke University with aspirations of working in sports management or finance. Hale is a Philadelphia Eagles fan that also roots for the Los Angeles Lakers and Duke Blue Devils. In his free time, he enjoys golf, fishing, and mixing music.

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Reports are stating that Damian Lillard suffered a groin strain Wednesday night vs the Grizzlies. He will not participate in the All Star game and maybe miss a couple games following the all stargame depending on the severity. We expect CJ McCollum to handle most of the scoring until Lillard gets back. In this article we will go over what exactly is a groin strain and the severity of it.

What is injured in a groin strain?

The groin muscles or the hip adductors are responsible for adducting/bringing the legs together. The groin muscles can be separated into two groups. The first group is the pectineus, adductor longus, and adductor brevis muscles which attach from the pelvis to the femur. The gracilis and adductor magnus attach from the pelvis to the knee. Any injury to these muscles are referred to as a groin strain.

How is it injured?

Groin Strain occur in sports that involve quick acceleration and sudden changes in direction as well as powerful overstretching of the leg and thigh in abduction and external rotation.

A groin strain is a stretching or tearing of the muscle group as a result of overloading the muscles beyond their normal range.

Am I at risk for injury?

Previous groin injury and adductor weakness have been linked to the incidence of adductor muscle strains. Core weakness or delayed onset of transverse abdominus recruitment increases risk of groin injury.

Are all groin sprains the same?

All groin injuries are different and are classified by their severity. They all either are defined as pain during palpation of the adductor tendons or the insertion on the pubic bone or groin pain during adduction against resistance

Grade 1: there is pain but minimal loss of strength and minimal restriction of motion

Grade 2: Tissue damage that compromises the strength of the muscle but not including complete loss of strength and function

Grade 3: Complete disruption of the muscle tendon unity including complete loss of function of the muscle.

How long am I out for?

1st degree: 2-4 weeks

2nd degree: 4-6 weeks

3rd degree: 6-10 weeks



Nicholas, Stephen and Tyler, Timothy. Adductor Muscle Strains in sport. 2002.

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