In his franchise’s first postseason appearance since 2006, Sacramento Kings’ point-guard De’Aaron Fox isn’t about to let injury ruin their chances of advancing past the Golden State Warriors.
Fox sustained a fractured left index finger in an agonising Game 4 loss at Chase Center, initially putting him in doubt for the remainder of the series. However, with the series now tied at 2-2, the 25-year-old is determined to take to the floor.
De’Aaron Fox says he will ‘most likely’ play in the critical Game 5 between the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors.
Fox participated in shootaround on Tuesday, with a visible splint in place on his finger. Speaking afterwards, the first-time All-Star was asked about his playing status and if any aspects may be uncomfortable.
"“Most likely. For me right now it’s just the tolerance on the pad on my finger making sure I can shoot the ball…I felt like I could shoot my normal shot…the ball-handling was actually fine, as soon as I got out dribbling and passing it was fine.”"
Fox showed no ill-effects after the injury was sustained in Game 4, pouring in 38 points including 12 in the final eight minutes. His head-to-head matchup with opposing star point-guard Stephen Curry has been one of the most fascinating subplots of the series, and it’s only fair that it will continue come Wednesday.
The sixth-year guard has taken to the playoffs like a fish to water, averaging 31.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.1 assists across his first four career postseason appearances. Named the NBA’s inaugural ‘Clutch Player of the Year’, Fox has been an imposing force in fourth-quarters, particularly over the Kings’ two wins in Sacramento to begin the series.
With Golden State doing a fine job of limiting All-Star center Domantas Sabonis, Fox’s initial prognosis of ‘doubtful’ for Game 5 could have proven a devastating blow to Sacramento’s hopes. The series now sits precariously with Game 5 to tip off shortly after 7:00pm PT at Golden 1 Center.