Kings center Chimezie Metu suffered a broken wrist earlier this season when he was slammed to the floor on what coach Luke Walton described as a “dangerous” and “dirty” play by Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas. Metu was sidelined for six long weeks, an eternity for a young player on a two-way contract. The injury caused him to miss 17 games and untold opportunities, but despite the circumstances, Metu says he harbors “no hate” for Valanciunas.
Bojan Bogdanovic totaled 19 points, and Gobert finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Talen Horton-Tucker topped the Lakers with a career-high 24 points. Kyle Kuzma totaled 17 points, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Dennis Schroder added 15 points apiece.
Chet Holmgren, the nation’s top overall recruit, announced he is heading to Gonzaga on the same day star guard Jalen Suggs announced he is leaving the Bulldogs after one season to enter the NBA draft. Holmgren said on ESPN that he will play for the Bulldogs. He will likely play only one college season.