It was announced on Monday evening that the Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox will be missing for the next three weeks.
Fox has already missed the last nine games for the Kings after suffering an ankle sprain, but it would seem that Sacramento will have to deal without him for a while longer yet.
The guard picked up the injury during a training session on the 11th of November. It was also revealed that he would stay in Sacramento while the team begin their four-game road trip on Wednesday in Portland.
Fox In Career-Best Form
The 21-year-old would have been bitterly disappointed to pick up the injury when he did as he was averaging a career-high 18.2 points per game. Not just that, but he was also averaging seven assists per game.
He has impressed for the Kings ever since making the transition into the NBA following the 2017 draft, where he was a first-round selection from Kentucky. In his first season, he averaged double-digit stats, which included 17.3 points per match last season.
Sacramento also announced on Monday that Marvin Bagley II continues to get fitter following a right thumb fracture. He suffered this injury in their opening game of the season on the 23rd of October. He will undergo an examination this week, with the Kings hopeful that they can get him back on the court sooner rather than later.
Kings’ Season Form
The Kings will begin their series of road games hot on the heels of a disappointing home defeat against the Chicago Bulls. Sacramento were unable to hold on, and eventually lost 113-106.
There were five Kings players to score double-digit points in the defeat. There were led by 26 points from Buddy Hield, while Richaun Holmes also scored 20. Nemanja Bjelica and Harrison Barnes scored 18 and 16 respectively, while Bogdan Bogdanovic ended with eleven points.
The Bulls were led to victory by 28 points from Zach LaVine, while Lauri Markkanen also recorded 20 points. There were 14 points for Tomas Satoransky and 11 points for Coby White.
Sacramento have now won five and lost five over their last ten games, and that record leaves them down in ninth place in the Western Conference. A good run of results in their road trip could see them leapfrog a few of the team around them, but a challenge for a playoff berth still looks a distant hope.
They face the Portland Trail Blazers in the first of these games on Wednesday evening, and the hosts will go into the game off the back of a hot-streak. They have won their previous three.
The Kings then travel to San Antonio Spurs to open the weekend’s games, and they should have a reasonable chance of beating the Spurs as they have been in inconstant form over recent weeks. They have lost eight of their previous ten.
Sacramento will be confident of gaining a good run of momentum over the coming games, but they will feel much more confident when Fox is fit again.