Jalen Bronson and Nicks brace for the return of De’Aaron Fox in the Battle of the Clutch Commanders
The New York Knicks have yet to file an injury report. But based on the update New York head coach Tom Thibodeau gave before they fell to the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday night, there are options that Jalen Brunson won’t miss a nationally televised game against D’Aaron Fox.
So is Fox, who will return from a one-game rest due to a hamstring problem.
“We were just getting ready for the Knicks,” Fox said He said After practice Wed. “We’ve been up and down in practice just to make sure I’m ready to go at the moment.”
“I feel good. I feel good. If I still feel my hamstrings, I probably won’t play.”
Fox missed Monday night’s game, but the Kings still edged the New Orleans Pelicans, 123-108, to claim their sixth win over their last seven games.
Bronson is also expected to return after sitting out the last two Knicks games, giving him about a week to let the pain in his left foot subside. Thibodeau said before Tuesday night’s loss that Bronson was feeling better and would be joining the four-game West Coast trip.
Fireworks on TNT are expected Thursday night in an unmissable marquee matchup between Fox and Bronson, the one-and-two NBA Clutch Ladder expected to snag him for one of the guard positions on the three All-NBA teams at the end of the season.
Every Ranger has a strong case.
Named to the All-Star team as an injury replacement in his stellar season, Fox led the surprising Kings quarterback, who was about to end their 16-season drought.
They moved into the second seed in the Western Conference after Ja Morant’s Memphis Grizzlies fell to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
The fox is one of the biggest reasons for the Kings’ amazing turnaround this season.
The crafty guard is having his best season efficiency (51.5 percent shooting and 55.7 true shooting percentage) while averaging a career high of 25.5 points per game.
Bronson, on the other hand, was one of the All-Star’s biggest sluggers despite his career season and influence on the Knicks’ high.
Bronson was recently named the Eastern Conference Player of the Year for leading the Knicks to their best February record since the 1989-90 season. The guard, who cost the Knicks a second-round pick and just $104 million over four years, averaged 23.9 points and 6.2 assists in 35.2 minutes — all career highs.
Both guards thrive in the clutch, with Fox averaging 5.5 points in the league and the most clutch points with 165. Bronson is hot on the tail of Fox with 131 total clutch points and 4.1 points per game.
Certainly, it will be a high-octane showdown between two teams, with the Kings having the best offense in the league and the Knicks not. 5, but when it came time to clinch, Fox and Bronson would go mano mano.
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