Earlier this week, it was reported that De’Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings had suffered a finger fracture on his shooting hand.
Everyone wondered what sort of impact that would have on his output in the opening round against the Golden State Warriors.
On Wednesday night, we found out.
The Warriors took down the Kings and secured a 3-2 lead in the series, putting Sacramento’s back against the wall and on the verge of elimination.
Skip Bayless believes that Fox’s injury is to blame.
“There’s only one reason Golden State won last night, and it was because in Game 4, unfortunately, De’Aaron Fox fractured his index finger on his left shooting hand. Period, end of story,” Bayless said on Thursday morning’s Undisputed.
"There's only ONE reason Golden State won last night, and it was because in G4 De'Aaron Fox fractured his index finger. Period, end of story."
— @RealSkipBayless pic.twitter.com/alWbfdqNUd
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) April 27, 2023
“That young man came out in the first quarter last night and willed in three threes. His first three threes, he made them on sheer will and guts and heart and just want to,” Sharpe added.
However, following that, Fox couldn’t compete and his injury seems to be the cause of it.
Usually a very reliable player, Fox was missing throughout the night and seemed to be in pain too.
He also wasn’t able to be the clutch player that he’s known as.
Sadly, he didn’t provide enough help to his team in the final quarter.
Bayless said that Fox is the main reason the Kings have gotten so far.
Now that he’s lacking, they will be pushed out of the playoffs, he claimed.
“They will get closed out because he’s not right,” Bayless said.
Fans of the Kings are hoping that isn’t the case.
They are optimistic that they can score a win on Friday, even the series, and then return to Sacramento for a final victory.
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