‣ De’Aaron Fox sustained a moderate sprain of his right ankle and will miss at least a week
‣ The Sacramento Kings have 13th-ranked odds to win the 2024 championship while other teams have better odds
Kings All-Star De’Aaron Fox has avoided significant injury, but has sustained a moderate sprain of his right ankle and he is likely to miss some time, sources tell me and @sam_amick. Fox played through the sprain down stretch of 37 points and victory over Lakers on Sunday.
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The latest news from the Sacramento Kings injury report indicates that De’Aaron Fox, the team’s guard, has managed to avoid a serious ankle injury. However, he will still be sidelined for at least a week due to a moderate sprain in his right ankle. Fox sustained the injury during the fourth quarter of their recent game against the Los Angeles Lakers, which they won in overtime.
Despite the injury, Fox displayed incredible resilience and returned to the game after missing just 44 seconds of playtime. He contributed eight points in the final six minutes of regulation before ultimately leaving the court again during overtime. An X-ray conducted post-game revealed a minor sprain, and Fox’s performance throughout the game was highly impressive. He finished with 37 points, four rebounds, eight assists, one steal, and one block.
This injury comes early in the 2023-24 season, during which Fox has been a standout player. In just three games, he has been averaging 31.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game. He has also been shooting at an impressive 48.6% from the field and 37.5% from beyond the arc.
In light of this injury, the Kings will need to find a temporary replacement for Fox. Malik Monk, a guard standing at 6 feet 3 inches, is the likely candidate to fill in for him. Monk showcased his abilities during the game against the Lakers, scoring 11 of his 22 points during overtime. He joins the ranks of Peja Stojakovic and De’Aaron Fox as one of the few Kings players to have scored at least 11 points in a single overtime quarter in the past two decades.
While the team awaits Fox’s return, they will face challenges from the Golden State Warriors and their upcoming game on November 15. The Kings’ odds for winning the 2024 championship currently place them at 13th, with higher odds being granted to teams like the Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, and Memphis Grizzlies. Despite this setback, the Kings have demonstrated their potential with their recent win over the Lakers, and head coach Mike Brown expressed satisfaction with the team’s progress.
Overall, while De’Aaron Fox may have to sit out for a week, the Kings remain hopeful for his return in the near future. In the meantime, they will rely on the talents of Malik Monk and continue to strive for success in the season.