De'Aaron Fox plans to play in Game 5, "no ifs, ands, or buts, I’m playing"

Fox vows to play despite avulsion fracture in finger

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The news of De’Aaron Fox’s avulsion fracture in his left index finger hit hard on Monday evening. Fox is blossoming into a superstar in the playoffs and the Kings desperately need their leading scorer.

When the media relations staff led a group of curious reporters into the practice facility on Tuesday, the instant goal was to try to spot whether Fox was on the court with his teammates.

It took a little longer than usual to find the Kings’ star point guard, but there he was with a splint on his injured finger getting up shots like everyone else. It was confirmed later that Fox participated fully, although the Kings had a non-contact practice session.

This is just another roller coaster ride for a team that has dealt with adversity surprisingly well all season. When Fox stepped in front of the media scrum he ended the speculation about his availability with a few definitive statements, including that he was “99-100 percent” playing.

“It’s going to be the cliché, if it was the regular season, I probably don’t play, sit out for a week or two and see how it feels,” Fox explained. “But right now, there’s no ifs, ands, or buts, I’m playing.”

Fox continued to shoot after most of his teammates had left the court. He has to get comfortable with a splint on his finger as the Kings prepare for Game 5 on Wednesday.

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