The Sacramento Kings came into the season with playoff aspirations, but a 3-6 start to the season coupled with an injury to point guard De’Aaron Fox could make a tall task even taller.
Fox sustained a sprained left ankle in practice on Monday and will miss the next three-to-four weeks, where he will then be re-evaluated, the team announced.
The 22-year-old Kentucky product had started building on a productive 2018-19 season. Through nine games, he was averaging 18.2 points, 7.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game while shooting 43% from the field.
The Kings opened the season 0-5—one of the most surprising starts in the league—but new head coach Luke Walton has seen his team win three of its last four games.
Last year’s Kings, coached by Dave Joerger, finished 39-43 and missed the playoffs by nine games. Still that was the most wins from a Kings team since 2005-06 when Rick Adelman was the coach, Mike Bibby was the team’s high scorer and Brad Miller was the leading rebounder.
Optimism was high heading into the season, but the Kings will now look to succeed without one of their key playmakers.
Sacramento is set to host the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday. Tipoff is set for 10:00 p.m. ET.