De’Aaron Fox out against San Antonio Spurs with quad injury


De’Aaron Fox was ruled out for the Dec. 23 game against the San Antonio Spurs a full day before tipoff.  Continue reading for more information about the injury and his return.

De’Aaron Fox aggravated an existing quad injury on Dec. 19 against the Philadelphia 76ers.  It was a not a pretty sight, and you can read more about the injury here.  Fox already missed Wednesday’s game in Brooklyn.  Now, the following Tweet came out from Kings Insider for NBC Sports Bay Area James Ham:

What the news means

The news is certainly not positive this holiday season.  Fox missing practice and being ruled out well in advance of tipoff probably means he is not close to suiting up.  The Kings next play a back-to-back on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Fox appears doubtful for both games as of this writing.  Rushing back and then being pulled from a game will cause the team to hold Fox from action until he is fully healthy.  Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.

Who steps up?

In the win against the Nets, George Hill played a season-high 35 minutes, and Frank Mason saw 16.  Coach Joerger appears most comfortable with Mason playing 15-22 minutes, so expect Hill to see the bulk of the minutes at the point with Fox out.  Hopefully, it gets Hill back on track and producing like he did last season.

Final thoughts

De’Aaron Fox’s quad injury never fully healed despite his attempt to play on Dec. 19.   Coach Joerger ruled him out for Saturday’s game against the Spurs and potentially more.  Fox needs to get back to 100 percent before the Kings return him to the court.  Stay tuned for updates.

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