Domantas Sabonis injury update: Kings forward fractured thumb

Damantas Sabonis
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The Kings forward Domantas Sabonis sustained an injury on Friday.

Domantas Sabonis Injury Update.

The Sacramento Kings announced earlier today that center Domantas Sabonis sustained an avulsion fracture in his right thumb. The injury occurred on Friday’s game versus the Wizards. After the game, he underwent multiple tests, as well as extensive outside consultation. He is currently listed as questionable, but he will try to play through it.

The injury occurred on his non-shooting hand, so it may not impact his shooting abilities. Though it could impact his rebound, block, assist and steal totals until the injury is healed.

The Kings received Sabonis last season in exchange for Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield, which included a 6-player deal. He has been a driving force in the Kings’ renaissance this season, averaging 17.9 points, a league-leading 12.4 rebounds, and 6.7 assists for the current No. 6 seed in the Western Conference.

The Kings haven’t made the playoffs since 2005-06 season, which is the longest active playoff drought in the NBA.

If the injury keeps Domantas Sabonis out, Kings coach Mike Brown will be forced to find someone else to matchup with two-time MVP Nikola Jokic. Brown has given Richaun HolmesChimezie MetuAlex Len and Neemias Queta a try at backup center this season. In Monday’s practice, however, Len ran with Sacramento’s starting five.

“Alex is a veteran that knows the league and played at a pretty high level this summer for Ukraine,” Brown told reporters Monday (h/t ESPN 1320’s James Ham). “He’s a professional. That’s what I enjoy. He’s always ready. After games when he doesn’t play, he’s up here getting extra wind sprints in, he’s getting his lift on, he comes back at night and gets shots up.”

Len has played in 578 NBA games with 235 starts and averaged 7.6 points and 5.8 rebounds.

“I have no worry about Alex not being ready if his number is called.”

It seems that the entire team may be on the same page, if Sabonis misses time. There will have to be some adjustments made to the offense that typically runs through the All-Star center.

“Everybody has to step up,” Kings guard De’Aaron Fox told reporters Monday. “We actually went through roles today. Everybody knows their role. Everybody knows what they need to do. I don’t know how much time he’s missing, but for however long he’s out, everybody knows that they just have to step up.”

Though the offense may run through Sabonis, Fox is the leading scorer, averaging 23.2 points per game.

“It’s going to take a village to make up for the production that’s going to be missing from him,” Fox continued. “Obviously, we don’t have a big that’s going to pass the way he does. The offense will look a little different, but we still have the same concept.”


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