Despite injuries and a rash of COVID-19 cases, the Sacramento Kings are picking up a win after a home game at the Golden 1 Center. Ahead of tip-off Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards, the Kings announced head coach Alvin Gentry, forward Marvin Bagley-the-third, and guard Terence Davis would all be out due to COVID-19 Health and Safety protocols. Center Richaun Holmes, meanwhile, is still recovering from a right eye laceration. As a result, assistant coach Doug Christie took on head coaching duties, rookie Davion Mitchell was tapped to join the starting-five for the first time in his career, and Alex Len filled in at center. De'Aaron Fox ultimately scored 28 points to lead Sacramento, while Harrison Barnes scored 15 in the fourth quarter, lifting the Kings to a 119-to-105 win over Washington. Coach Christie was awarded a game-ball post-game in the Sacramento locker room.
Coming off the high of that win however, sources tell ESPN say the King's have canceled Thursday's practice and closed the facility over concerns of more positive Covid-19 cases. Officials continue to test staff and players and have not released any other information at this time. The Kings are set to host the Memphis Grizzlies Friday but the future of that game hangs in question until the rest of the team gets tested.