Fox calls for more Domas appreciation after Kings' win vs. Wizard
On Monday night at Golden 1 Centre, the Sacramento Kings' offence erupted for a season-high 143 points, and it seemed like everyone was getting a piece of the action.
De'Aaron Fox scored a game-high 30 points on 10-of-19 shooting, but the star point guard thinks Domantas Sabonis deserves more credit for his third triple-double of the 2023-24 NBA season.
Everything he does for us [is underappreciated], from grabbing a rebound and pushing it to the times we grab a rebound and give it to him, Fox told reporters after the Kings' 143-131 triumph.
There aren't many guys at that size who can do that, and he's such a focal point of our offence, whether he has the ball or is screening and they don't want to move onto him. He does so much for us.
He's been better defensively for us this year, and what he does on the boards offensively and defensively—there's so much he does on the court that I think people don't realise.
I don't know how you don't realise that, but maybe people don't respect his work enough.
Sabonis finally had a triple-double Monday after flirting with one in the Kings' recent stretch. All-Star centre scored 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting with one 3-pointer, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists.
Sabonis holds the Kings franchise record with 17 triple-doubles since signing at the 2022 NBA trade deadline.
During "Kings Postgame Live," Sabonis discussed with Deuce Mason and Mike Bibby of NBC Sports California how his selfless approach results in a lot of dimes.
That is an element of our strategy, said Sabonis. In the locker room, everyone is cheerful and in good spirits, and that's all you want over the long season. Everyone touches the ball.
After the game, Kings coach Mike Brown told reporters that Sabonis "playing the right way," his third triple-double of the season was inevitable, using a LeBron James narrative.
We used to criticise LeBron for taking the last shot when I coached him in Cleveland, but he played the right way "Brown stated. In double teams, he swung it to a wide-open teammate for a catch-and-shoot shot.
That's the right play, and he appears to have permission. Same for Domas. However, if Domas plays the proper manner with our squad, he can get a triple-double.
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