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Gameday: Let's see what Kings rookie Fox can do up against Lillard

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Gameday: Let's see what Kings rookie Fox can do up against Lillard

SACRAMENTO -- The short-handed Kings return to action Friday night, hosting the Portland Trail Blazers at Golden 1 Center the day after the NBA’s trade deadline. 

Gone are George Hill, Malachi Richardson and Georgios Papagiannis. Hill was sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday for a package including veterans Joe Johnson and Iman Shumpert. Richardson was dealt to the Toronto Raptors for seldom used Bruno Caboclo and Papagiannis was waived to make room for the incoming veterans.

After dropping three straight, the Blazers are coming off an overtime win on their home floor over the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday evening. All five of their starters played 31 minutes or more, including 40-plus for Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.

BETTING LINE 

Blazers by 5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

De’Aaron Fox vs. Damian Lillard -- It’s your show kid. With Hill out of the picture, Fox will get an opportunity to run the team on his own for the remainder of the season. He’s shown major signs of growth in the last five weeks, but he’ll need to continue to shine if Sacramento has a chance to pick up a few more wins. Lillard is a 3-time All-Star having another big season for the Blazers. He’s poting 25 points per game while averaging 8.1 3-point attempts a night. 

WHERE THEY STAND 

Kings: 17-36, fourth place in Pacific

Blazers: 30-25, third place in Northwest

INJURY REPORT 

Kings: PG De’Aaron Fox (ankle) probable, SG/SF Garrett Temple (oral surgery) probable, PF Skal Labissiere (shoulder strain) out until after the All-Star break, PG Frank Mason (plantar fascia tear right heel) out until after the All-Star break, PF Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out for the season. Iman Shumpert, Joe Johnson and Bruno Caboclo are not cleared to suit up yet after being acquired via trade on Thursday.

Blazers: G C.J. Wilcox (knee) out.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

Moving On -- The trade deadline is tough, especially for a young team. Friends are traded, new faces are filling their locker stalls. It’s an awkward time. The Kings have to focus on the task at hand and forget the distractions. 

Defend the Perimeter -- It’s no secret that the Blazers boast two of the best shooting guards in the league. If the Kings don’t stick with Lillard and McCollum, it’s going to be a very long evening. The duo combine to score 46.8 points per game, making them a lethal combination from the outside.

Play Tough -- Jusuf Nurkic loves to play rough in the post and the Kings need to respond. If the regulars can’t get it done, Sacramento has a secret weapon in two-way player Jack Cooley waiting to come in and mix it up. 

SERIES HISTORY 

The season between these two teams is all knotted at 1-1 after a home-and-home back-to-back on Nov. 17-18. The Blazers lead the all-time series 130-78 and they own the Kings during the Sacramento-era 89-47. 

After getting stitched up, De'Aaron Fox cleared to play in Rising Stars Game

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After getting stitched up, De'Aaron Fox cleared to play in Rising Stars Game

De’Aaron Fox ran the gamut of emotions Wednesday. He got the call early in the day that he was added to the Rising Stars Game as an injury replacement for the Los Angeles Lakers point guard, Lonzo Ball. But a spill late in Houston in front of his hometown crowd put everything on hold.

After being evaluated by the Kings medical staff this morning in Sacramento, the team has tentatively cleared their young guard for action in this weekend’s All-Star festivities. 

“Barring any changes in his condition, Fox is expected to play in the Risings Stars Game in L.A. on Friday evening,” the team said via text.  

With 34.3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Fox hit the floor hard, banging both his chin and forehead on the Toyota Center floor. The Kings starting point guard required stitches above his right eye and on his chin. 

The 20-year-old out of Kentucky is posting 11.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 27.2 minutes per game for Sacramento. 

He, along with Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield are scheduled to play in the Rising Stars Game together, giving the team three players in the event for the first time in franchise history.

De'Aaron Fox's All-Star weekend plans in limbo after late spill in Kings' loss

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De'Aaron Fox's All-Star weekend plans in limbo after late spill in Kings' loss

Good news, bad news. De’Aaron Fox ran the gamut of emotions Wednesday. He got the call early in the day that he was added to the Rising Stars Game as an injury replacement for the Los Angeles Lakers point guard, Lonzo Ball. But a spill late in Houston has everything on hold.

With 34.3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Fox hit the floor hard, banging both his chin and forehead on the Toyota Center floor. The Kings starting point guard required stitches above his right eye and on his chin. 

There is no word yet from the team on his availability going forward, including Friday’s Rising Stars game in LA. 

The 20-year-old out of Kentucky is posting 11.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 27.2 minutes per game for Sacramento. 

He, along with Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield are all scheduled to play in the Rising Stars game, giving the team three players in the event for the first time in franchise history.