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Bulls vs. Kings: Lineups, Injury Report, and Preview

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Long live the Kings

NBA: Sacramento Kings at Chicago Bulls Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls (19-51) at Sacramento Kings (33-35)

5 p.m., WGN

Injury Report:

Cult favorite Ryan Arcidiacono told Bulls.com reporter Sam Smith that he’s fine after missing the second half on Friday against the Clippers after nearly getting decapitated on a screen by Montrezl Harrell.

Preview:

Zach LaVine and Jim Boylen are friendship goals.

After a rough start to their partnership when Jim Boylen took over the Chicago Bulls head coaching job in early December, LaVine has now paid the fine that Boylen received when he was ejected from the game against the Clippers for sticking up for his players in an argument with referees.

Boylen emphatically high fiving all of his players before he makes his way to the locker room has to be a top five moment of the season, right? I literally laughed out loud re-watching this just now.

LaVine and Boylen sure have come a long way in three short months proving that all relationships are fixable if you care enough. So there’s still time for Gar Forman and John Paxson to make amends with Tom Thibodeau then, right?

The Sacramento Kings enter this game in the unhappy No. 9 position in the tough Western Conference. They are six games out of the eighth spot with 14 games to go, so barring a huge hot streak from them they are probably going to miss the playoffs for the 13th year in a row.

Despite that depressing reality, it’s been a good year for a Kings team that finally looks to be on the right track back towards success. Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox are trending towards All-Star futures, Marvin Bagley III has been solid in his rookie season, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Willie Cauley-Stein complete this solid big man triumvirate, and Harrison Barnes continues to be a steadying veteran presence.

Last season, the Kings were in the thick of the tank race and ended up with the No. 2 overall pick. This season, they’ve been competing for a playoff spot all season in a loaded Western Conference (wrap your head around the fact that the Kings have a better record than the LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers).

Not too bad. Maybe, restoring the glory of the Chris Webber, Mike Bibby, Peja Stojakovic days aren’t as far in the future as you might think.