FANS have been saying the 2023 NBA Playoffs are “cursed” after Sacramento Kings star De’Aaron Fox has reportedly joined the long list of injured stars this postseason.
The Kings guard, 25, is believed to have fractured his finger and is expected to be listed as “doubtful” for Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors.
De’Aaron Fox is expected to be listed as ‘doubtful’ for Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors with the Sacramento Kings star believed to have fractured his finger
Fox has just won the first-ever Clutch Player of the Year award after a breakthrough seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Fox has suffered “a fractured index finger in his left shooting hand,” according to The Athletic.
He reportedly sustained the injury halfway through the fourth quarter in the Game 3 loss to the Warriors, playing through the pain before ending the night with 38 points, nine rebounds, and five assists.
However, the Kings still hope their star will be able to face the Warriors in Game 5 while wearing a protective covering on top of the finger, per ESPN.
Sacramento is desperate to get back in the win column with the first-round series returning to Golden 1 Center after squandering a 2-0 lead on the road.
Fox would be yet another NBA star to get hurt in this year’s playoffs.
The likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, and Kawhi Leonard have all missed games this postseason.
A torn patellar tendon has just finished Miami Heat guard Victor Oladipo’s season while New York Knicks forward has been playing through an ankle injury against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
And seeing the biggest NBA stars injured even before the end of the first round, fans are emphasizing how unlucky this year’s playoffs have been.
One tweeted: “These playoffs are cursed!!”
Another wrote: “This gotta be the worst playoffs. Everyone is hurt.”
And a third added: “Damn this sucks. Fox has been terrific all year and is so necessary to this Kings team The injury bug has been brutal this year.”
Fox and the Kings have been one of the 2022-23 NBA campaign’s revelations.
They have made the postseason for the first time since 2006, breaking a 16-season playoff drought.
And Fox has been the main architect of Sacramento’s success, averaging 25.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 6.1 assists in the regular season.
The former Kentucky standout has been particularly impressive in the decisive moments of games, scooping the NBA’s first-ever Clutch Player of the Year award.