De’Aaron Fox’s injury comes as a significant blow to the Sacramento Kings’ playoff hopes. As one of their star players and the engine that drives their offense, Fox’s absence would leave a noticeable void on the court. His fractured finger on his left hand could severely impact his ability to dribble, pass, and shoot, especially as a left-hander. Even if he attempts to play with a protective covering, it’s likely that his performance would be affected.
Fox’s injury occurred in Game 4, but despite the pain, he played through it and delivered an impressive performance, showcasing his talent and determination. Throughout the series, Fox has been a standout player, averaging impressive numbers in points, rebounds, assists, and steals. His contributions have been crucial in the Kings’ playoff journey, and losing him for Game 5 and potentially beyond would be a significant setback.
The Kings, who had a promising 2-0 series lead, now face an uphill battle against the Golden State Warriors, who have regained momentum with the series tied at 2-2. Without Fox at his best, the Kings’ chances of advancing to the next round look uncertain. The Warriors, with their playoff experience and strong roster, are now considered heavy favorites. It’s evident that Fox’s potential absence would leave a noticeable void in the Kings’ lineup, and they will need to rely on other players to step up and fill the gap if he is unable to play.
Late Monday evening Anthony Slater of The Athletic reported that Fox’s injury is an Avulsion fracture in his left index finger.
“Kings officially announce the De’Aaron Fox avulsion fracture in his left index finger and tag him as doubtful for Game 5.”
According to an NBA source, who spoke with LandonBuford.com, Fox’s avulsion injury is similar to that of the late great Kobe Bryant during his legendary career. It is also an injury that can be played with.
“An avulsion fracture is when instead of the tendon tearing, it takes a small piece of bone. Athletes can play with this injury,” per an NBA Source. “The finger gets taped and stabilized. Very similar injury as Kobe when the Lakers won the championship.”