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Fox backs up what J.R. Smith said of Dellavedova guarding Curry: ‘That s*** real’

2023 NBA Playoffs  - Golden State Warriors v Sacramento Kings

SACRAMENTO, CA - APRIL 15: De’Aaron Fox #5 of the Sacramento Kings holds the ball during Round One Game One of the 2023 NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors on April 15, 2023 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2023 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

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De’Aaron Fox may not have needed a coming out party for NBA fans, but he threw one on Saturday anyway — 38 points and he was the best player on the floor against Stephen Curry and the defending champs, lighting the bean in a Kings’ Game 1 win.

However, maybe more impressive is that Fox racked up those numbers while guarding Stephen Curry for long stretches. Curry still finished with 30 points and was 6-of-14 from 3, but he had to work for those buckets. After the game, Fox was asked about guarding the reigning Finals MVP.

Fox is referencing J.R. Smith on J.J. Redicks’ brilliant “Old Man and the 3" podcast where Smith showers Delly — Matthew Dellavedova — with praise for his coverage of Curry in the Finals. “Delly almost died guarding Steph Curry. No, literally almost died.”

You heard Fox, that s*** real.

So is Fox.

If he has three more games in him this series like the last one, the most popular lower-seed pick on the board in the first round will go to the higher-seed Kings.