De’Aaron Fox takes it upon himself to play through injuries
De’Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings is now feeling the NBA grind take a toll on his body but the 20-year-old takes it upon himself to play through injuries.
As per sports reporter Keith Smith, Fox sees himself as the leader of the Kings squad and is willing to play through injuries.
I asked De'Aaon Fox if he feels pressure to play through injuries as the team's floor leader: "I do. I'm the guy the team looks to lead them. I need to be out there for my team. I'm going to play."
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) October 31, 2018
Right now, he’s battling a back strain but played 31 minutes in their 99-107 win against the Orlando Magic. He scored 14 points, 5 assists, and 2 rebounds in 31 minutes of game time.
Prior to the game, however, his status was tagged as questionable. Per his injury report, Fox strained his back in their victory against the Miami Heat. He sustained the said injury while going up for a layup in the fourth quarter.
In their victory, Fox chipped in 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting, 1-of-2 from downtown, as well as eight assists, four rebounds, and two steals.
In his second season so far, he’s averaging 18.0 points, 7.1 assists, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.4 steals in 32.7 minutes per outing. He also shoots at an impressive 48.4 percent from the field an 23.5 percent from downtown.
The Kings’ next game will be on Thursday, November 1 in State Farm Arena against the Atlanta Hawks. Fox will get around two days of downtime and some ample rest for his ailing lower back.