De’Aaron Fox Pushes Through Injury to Compete in Game 5
ParallelDesk 01:24:23 PM, 27 April 2023
Sacramento Kings fans were left holding their breath when star point guard De’Aaron Fox suffered a fractured left index finger during Game 4 of the team’s first-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors. The Kings went on to lose that game 126-125, leaving fans worried about the team’s future prospects without Fox. The finger injury left Fox doubtful for the pivotal Game 5, but he decided to give it a go and attempt to play through the injury. During pregame interviews on Wednesday, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr spoke about whether Fox’s availability would change the team’s game plan. Kerr was confident that Fox would play: “We fully expected him to play, so our preparation has been the same,” Kerr said. Kerr went on to heap praise on Fox, calling him a “gamer” who is dedicated to playing through injuries for the good of the team. Despite the injury, Fox has been putting up impressive numbers throughout the playoffs. In the first four games, he has averaged 31.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.5 steals, and 3.3 3-pointers per game on 44.7% shooting. Fox spoke about his injury during Tuesday’s practice, saying that it’s not a big deal for him right now: “I don't think it's a big deal,” Fox said. However, he did acknowledge that things could change if the finger gets hit repeatedly during Game 5: “But obviously depending on how much it gets hit ... the pain will increase. But if it was to stay the exact same way it is now, I'd be fine,” Fox said. Kings coach Mike Brown praised Fox’s willingness to play through pain and lead by example: “It sends a big message,” Brown said. “You want your guys to not just have physical toughness, but mental toughness. It's great if it starts from your leadership and then trickles down.” Despite the injury, Fox seemed to be in high spirits during pregame warm-ups, and fellow Kings players reported that he did not seem to be bothered by the injury during practice. Fans are hoping that Fox’s toughness and dedication will help propel the Kings to a win in Game 5 and give them a chance to advance in the playoffs.
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