De'Aaron Fox injury: Kings star fractures finger, could miss Game 5 vs. Warriors, per report

De’Aaron Fox might miss out on Game 5 of the Sacramento Kings’ first-round NBA playoff series versus the Golden State Warriors due to a fractured finger on his left hand, according to Shams Charania. If Fox does attempt to use Wednesday, he would require to use a protective covering on his left forefinger, which would impact the left-hander’s capability to dribble, pass and shoot. 

Fox suffered the injury in the 4th quarter of the Kings’ Game 4 defeat on Sunday. It appeared to take place on a rather harmless series where he gambled a floater after the whistle and was struck by Kevon Looney. Immediately later on, Fox shakes his hand and grabs at it. Take an appearance:

Despite the injury, Fox played the rest of the video game and even struck a clutch 3-pointer with less than a minute to play to pull the Kings within one. He completed with 38 points, 9 rebounds and 5 helps in a legendary battle with Steph Curry, however that wasn’t enough to get the Kings the win, as the Warriors evened the series at 2-2. 

This was a breakout project for Fox, who made his very first All-Star look and was just recently called the NBA Clutch Player of the Year. Thanks in big part to his excellent play, the Kings made the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference and snapped their 16-season playoff dry spell. 

Fox has actually continued to impress in this series, and through the very first 4 video games is balancing 31.5 points, 6 rebounds, 7 helps and 2.5 takes. To this point he has actually not just been the Kings’ finest gamer, however among the leading entertainers of the whole postseason. 

It goes without stating that the Kings will have a hard time to change Fox’s production if he’s not able to enter Game 5 and potentially beyond. Not just is he leading the group in scoring and helps, however his speed sets the tone for their design of play and he’s very comfy in huge minutes down the stretch. 

Just a couple of days earlier, the Kings were riding high with a 2-0 series lead that had their fans imagining a journey to the 2nd round and a possible opportunity to avenge their questionable loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2002 playoffs. Now, suddenly, the Warriors seem like heavy favorites to advance (Caesars Sportsbook notes the Warriors as -270 favorites). Even if Fox does try, it’s difficult to see how he’ll work sufficient to lead the Kings past this knowledgeable Warriors lot. 

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