Kings Injury Update: Massive Blow to Sacramento As They Aim to Change Tides vs Nuggets

Published 02/28/2024, 8:55 PM EST

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Earlier labeled as “questionable”, Sacramento Kings’ superstar De’Aaron Fox has been ruled out for tonight’s showdown with the Denver Nuggets. The Kings need all the ammunition they can muster since their recent loss to the Miami Heat on February 27th. The final score read 121-110 despite players such as Fox and Murray raking in 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists and 28 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 assist, respectively.


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The Sacramento Kings are heating up, currently sitting in 7th place in the Western Conference with a 33-24 record through 57 games. Barring the Heat game, their recent stretch has been promising, winning 6 of their last 10 games. Leading the charge has been De’Aaron Fox, who is in the midst of a stellar season. He’s averaging an impressive 26.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 1.9 steals per game while shooting efficiently from the field (47.1%) and beyond the arc (36.9%) in the 51 games he’s played this season.

Can the Kings get their 4th victory over Denver without Fox?


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Unfortunately, Sacramento’s star point guard De’Aaron Fox will miss tonight’s game against the Denver Nuggets due to a left knee bruise. Fox collided with an opponent in Monday’s loss to Miami and, despite being hurt, played through the discomfort. He participated in Wednesday’s shoot-around wearing a compression sleeve on his leg.

The Denver Nuggets, on the other hand, have near-perfect team health with only rookie forward Hunter Tyson questionable due to a finger sprain. Vlatko Cancar remains out for the season after undergoing knee surgery. Denver, sitting comfortably in third place in the Western Conference, is on a three-game winning streak after a 119-103 win over the Golden State Warriors. Interestingly, their last loss came to the Sacramento Kings! Their offensive prowess comes from 2-time MVP Nikola Jokic, averaging a triple-double threat of 26.1 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 9.3 assists, and Jamal Murray, dishing out 20.6 points, and 6.4 assists per game.


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Sacramento currently sits seventh in the West, just half a game behind Phoenix. Their win over the Clippers was a major highlight, but Monday’s loss to a depleted Miami team raises concern. The Heat were missing Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro, Terry Rozier, Thomas Bryant, and Nikola Jovic. The Kings have a perfect 3-0 record against the Nuggets this season, winning by an average of 11.3 points.


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With Fox ruled out, Kings Coach Mike Brown will likely start Davion Mitchell in his place. Will the Sacramento Kings pick up their 4th win against the Nuggets this season even without their superstar De’Aaron Fox? Stay tuned to find out if ‘The Beam Team’ strikes again!


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Aakritee Raajj


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A lawyer turned NBA Writer at EssentiallySports, Aakritee Raajj found herself in the right realm as soon as she dropped her black coat to don the Mavericks’ jersey in the NBA department. That’s how the content strategy desk trusts her with any coverage demanding a legal knowhow. She became a fan of the league in the late 2000’s after Dirk Nowitzki upset the Miami Heat in Game 6 during 2011 NBA Finals.
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Sameen Nawathe