‘Bugatti Speed’: Clippers Guard Praises Kings’ De’Aaron Fox After Upset Loss

Published 02/08/2021, 12:53 AM EST
Feb 7, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers guard Terance Mann (14) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The LA Clippers are going through a slump right now. After being at the top of the Western Conference at one stage, they are currently third. Earlier today, they lost to the Kings in a close three-point defeat, marking their thier defeat in the last four games.

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De’Aaron Fox was the star for the Kings, as he dropped a game-high 36 points and seven assists. The Clippers were helpless against him, as he killed them with his lightning-quick speed.

During the post-game interview, Clippers guard Reggie Jackson praised Fox for his speed after being unable to guard him all game.

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“I think there’s some pretty fast players out there, and that man is moving at Bugatti speed,” Jackson said. “Honestly, it must be nice when shots aren’t falling, you can just switch into a different gear and start running at my guys and attacking seams.”

Feb 7, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson (1) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Kings have now beaten the Clippers, Nuggets, and Celtics in their last three games

The Kings arrived at the Staples Center in excellent form. They were on a three-game winning streak, which included wins against the Nuggets and the Celtics. Banking on that momentum, they showed their caliber against the Clippers too and have now earned the Giant Killers tag.

In this four-game stretch, Fox has averaged 31 points and 8.8 assists per game, showing his quality. He has been steadily improving every season, and this season has been no different.

One of his major shortcomings is his three-ball, but this season, he has put in work on that front as well.

Although he struggled against the Clippers going 2-7, he is still shooting a healthy 36% for the season. It is a tremendous improvement from last season’s 29%. He might miss out on the All-Star game, but he won’t go without a shout.

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His form has been the catalyst for the Kings’ wins this season, and they are now in a playoff spot. They have other important contributors too, like Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes, Richaun Holmes, and Tyrese Haliburton, but Fox has been the hero.

Feb 7, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) controls the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports.

After receiving a max extension worth $163 million, Fox is doing his best to prove he is worth the money. If he is able to take them to the playoffs for the first time since 2006, it will be a massive achievement for him.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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