Frank Mason bruised his heel in the Dec. 31 game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Continue reading for more information and ramifications of the injury.
Frank Mason‘s rookie season for the Sacramento Kings has gone unexpectedly well. Mason appeared to be the odd man out in the rotation, but when Coach Joerger decided to shift to more dual point guard lineups that opened the door. He has played in every game since Nov. 15 including drawing two recent starts. The injury bug hit Mason on New Year’s Eve, though. Below is a Tweet from Sean Cunningham about the injury.
What the news means
At first, it appeared Mason hurt his ankle in a strange sequence where he was attempting to rebound his own missed free throw. He even removed his shoe on the court and was carried to the locker room. An update came out that Mason had X-ray’s that came back negative. The injury did not look promising, and I would not be surprised to see the former college player of the year miss a few games as a result. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.
Who steps up?
Things are starting to get hairy at the point guard position for the Kings. De’Aaron Fox remains out despite practicing on Saturday. If Mason is forced to miss time, that will leave George Hill as the only healthy true point on the roster. Garrett Temple would likely be the back-up and fill in when Hill needed a breather. It could force Hill into playing 35 plus minutes a game which is never a fantastic long-term strategy. Luckily, the Kings have only two games next week and have players like Bogdan Bogdanovic who can handle the ball well. Still, it is never great to be missing a young piece like Frank Mason for any significant time.
Frank Mason left Sunday’s game against the Grizzlies with a nasty looking injury that saw him not even be able to walk to the back under his own power. Stay tuned for updates on the severity of the injury, but it did not look good. Hopefully, both he and De’Aaron Fox make speedy recoveries and are back in uniform on Tuesday against the Hornets.
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