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De’Aaron Fox avoided significant ankle injury, per reports

Reports from Shams Charania and others indicate Fox will miss time but avoided significant injury
By | 28 Comments | Oct 30, 2023

Oct 29, 2023; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox (5) reacts after the Kings made a three-point basket against the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth quarter at the Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Following his ankle injury sustained in Sunday’s 132-127 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, Kings star De’Aaron Fox will miss some upcoming contests but avoided significant injury, per multiple reports. Shams Charania of the Athletic broke the news first.

Marc J. Spears of ESPN added that Fox could be back “within a weeks time.”

This is excellent news for both Fox and the Kings; given how De’Aaron was helped to the lockerroom after the contest, it seemed likely that he would miss significant time. Sacramento will need big contributions from their backup guards, especially Davion Mitchell and Malik Monk, to keep the momentum going in Fox’s absence. The Kings play 5 games over the next two weeks, starting Wednesday (Nov. 1) at Golden State, and then travel to Houston for a duo of games against the Rockets on Saturday (Nov. 4) and Monday (Nov. 6). Our buddy Tim had a full upcoming schedule breakdown.

Fox scored 37 points and dished out 8 assists in the victory against the Lakers, but sprained his ankle on a drive with 7:27 left in the 4th quarter. He briefly went to the lockerroom before returning to the court a few minutes later, and played through much of the rest of the quarter. He was forced to the bench in overtime, but a full-team effort led by 11 points by Monk in the extra period helped the Kings secure the win.

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andy_sims
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October 30, 2023 10:44 am

I’m calling this a win.

RikSmits
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October 30, 2023 10:45 am

Not that bad.
Time to test our fabled depth.

MidtownMike
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October 30, 2023 10:56 am

Rest him until OKC, should be able to go 3-1 w/out him during that stretch.

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October 30, 2023 11:18 am
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Fox has been quick to return from previous injuries (except when the team kept him out for draft position reasons), and he has ties to the Houston area. It wouldn’t surprise me if he returns by the second of the two games in Houston.

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October 30, 2023 11:29 am
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Would be a mistake by the team to allow that, we can beat houston w/out him

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October 31, 2023 5:12 am
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Never underestimate your opponent.

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October 30, 2023 11:17 am

So he was faking it?

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October 30, 2023 11:20 am
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Testing the DNP-Rest policy!

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October 30, 2023 11:50 am

Heal quickly! Got a feeling we’re gonna see a lot more of Colby Jones.

Henry
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October 30, 2023 12:04 pm

Let’s see if having Davion full time on Curry on Wed. makes much of a difference. (Curious to test out my theory that if Davion got TD’s minutes in Game 7 we may have won).

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October 30, 2023 12:09 pm
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I agree

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October 30, 2023 3:00 pm
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Spoiler alert: It won’t.

I hate him. But Steph is an All-World, game changing point guard, one of the best to ever play the game in the history of the game. Davion’s a good defender. Steph Curry is on another planet. He only needs 3 other teammates to win against bad teams. It’s a fun idea. But no.

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October 30, 2023 3:56 pm
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There also seems to be some agreement in the referee community that Davion Mitchell is not going to be permitted to play defense this season in his usual highly-effective way. The zebras are lighting him up, and if there’s one thing beyond doubt, it’s that Mitchell plays hard, clean defense.

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October 30, 2023 7:32 pm
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42 pts in 30 min tonite. Davion. I like the kid. Can’t stop Curry’s MVP campaign. The nightmare no one expected. CP3. He is one of the smartest PGs ever. Lifting that team to greatness when Curry is on the bench. We should win the next 3 after that though.

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October 30, 2023 12:43 pm

Great news to hear. Even without Fox in the lineup, we should definitely be able to go 3-1 the next four games (Houston and Portland being the teams we should beat). Wishing Fox a speedy recovery.

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October 30, 2023 1:29 pm

In the 3 (that’s three) games of this 2023-24 regular season, the Kings are averaging 125.3 ppg and 27.7 apg.
Fox accounts for 31.3 ppg, 6.0 apg.

It’ll be interesting to see how the team adapts to his absence. Of course, we expect the biggest difference to come in 4th Q play. From what we’ve seen from last season, De’Aaron is the 4th Q Clutch Closer, but I’d put Malik Monk as the next most “clutch performer” on this squad. Expect to see a lot more minutes for him, especially in the 4th (including last night, he’s at 22.0 min per game).

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October 30, 2023 1:38 pm

OT: Is Nate (Kingsguru21) OK? I always learned from him.

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October 30, 2023 2:24 pm

Throwing this here because I don’t know where it would actually go:

Has any of the staff looked into a dark mode option for the site? Because I would love that to be a thing here.

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October 30, 2023 2:45 pm
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Beam Mode*

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October 30, 2023 3:57 pm

Hey, dark purple is still dark, I say run with HHB’s recommendation.

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October 30, 2023 2:56 pm

Getting Davion some extended minutes to get his rhythm going on the offensive end is a good thing. That’s about the end of the silver lining for me.
Hope Fox heals up quickly, Davion holds down the fort adequately and the Kings keep notching Ws. This season is going to be a long race but a race non the less. Getting behind early won’t sit well with the schedule looking pretty brutal from January on.

lakerssuck2002
October 30, 2023 4:37 pm

Glad it’s not too bad.

The silver lining is our other guards get a chance to carry some extra responsibility.

Monk, Huerter, Mitchell, Duarte and maybe even Jones, get some extra playing time.

This may be tough for a few games, but may be very good for the team in the long run (this full season and maybe beyond).

I really hope Davion comes out and does what he does and shows off the work he did on his shot this summer.

Get well Fox.

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October 30, 2023 7:01 pm
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Wow. With this particular topic, your brain is on the same page as my brain

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October 30, 2023 5:54 pm

In that 10 game stretch Kings should go at least 7-3.

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October 30, 2023 7:38 pm
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Not sure. Depends when Fox comes back. OKC is no joke. Kings beat the Cavs twice last year. But no Fox is going to be tough. Lakers again in LA. I would not say any of those are automatic without Fox. I also would not be surprised if they drop one of the Rockets game or Blazers.

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October 30, 2023 6:59 pm

Rest him until the 16!

I feel I this could actually be a good thing for the team over an 82 game season. It gives a real opportunity for many guys to step up now, early in the season and take on more responsibilities.

Maybe Mitchell finds his offense. He worked so hard on in the off season at he hasn’t translated that work into his performance yet. This presents an opportunity for him to take a step forward in his evolution as a player.

Spock will need to be much more assertive during the absence of Fox. Maybe this helps him transform into a more go to scorer. Propels him into the role the coaching staff wants from him. “We make a big leap of Keegan takes a step forward as a more go to scorer”. Here’s an early opportunity that forces him into that role. 3-4, maybe 6 games later when Fox comes back Keegan could have a whole new aura around him.

Huerter will need to be more assertive. This Probably helps him out if his funk and find his form from last year.

Vezenkov will have more minutes, each game he seems to be getting more and more comfortable. Maybe more minutes might help him find find a groove with this team and really cement a role for himself.

While any game missed by Fox sucks, a short stint of missed games this early in a season might have an overall positive effect in the ultimate ceiling of this team.

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October 31, 2023 9:41 am

I’ve heard a lot of mention about Davion getting more minutes, which he should, but I am hoping we get more of a look at Keon Ellis. I think we need to see what we have with this particular young man to see if his development time with Stockton was beneficial in any way or if he’s Queta adjace.

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October 31, 2023 9:10 pm

Big test coming for Mitchell, Malik, Duarte and maybe even Keon Ellis. Hopefully Huerter can not only pick up his outside shooting but become more of a facilitator and near-basket cutter, glimpses of which we saw last season.

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