Is Domantas Sabonis Playing Tonight?

Domantas Sabonis has been under the spotlight in the Western Conference first round series between the Sacramento Kings and the Golden State Warriors. Sabonis played well for the Kings, who are 2-0 up but his incident with Draymond Green has been in the headlines this week.

The Kings are going into Game 3 with a historic chance to take a 3-0 lead against the defending champions and be one step away from the second round. Sabonis is one of the key players for head coach Mike Brown, who just won the Coach of the Year award, but unfortunately for him, Sabonis’ status is questionable for tonight.

In Game 2 of the series, in which the Kings won 114-106, Sabonis was involved in an incident with Warriors power forward Draymond Green. After a Kings’ Malik Monk missed a shot from the wing, Sabonis tried to grab the rebound and found himself on the ground after a collision with Warriors’ Klay Thompson. It seemed like Sabonis grabbed Green’s leg, and in retaliation, Green stomped on his chest. Sabonis stayed on the ground in obvious pain, and Green was immediately ejected from the game, while Sabonis was assessed a flagrant-1 foul. The incident got Green suspended for one game, and the Kings fans with the question is Sabonis playing tonight?

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What’s Sabonis’ Injury Status Ahead of Game 3 of the Series?

Sabonis is a big and strong guy but Green’s move was not naive at all. Sabonis did X-rays on his chest following the game. The outcome was that Sabonis sustained a sternum contusion and the real question is, is Sabonis still injured? He is listed as questionable hours before tip-off and he will probably be a game-time decision for coach Brown.

How important is Sabonis for the Kings?

No one could have predict that the Kings will have a realistic chance to go deep in the Playoffs, but here they are, two games away from eliminating the defending champions. Whether the Kings will be able to do that will depend on whether Sabonis will be able to play. He is an all-around player who does literally everything on the court. Sabonis was second in the league in triple-double in the regular season where he averaged 19.1 points, 12.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game. He scored 24 points and grabbed 9 boards in Game 2. Knowing that Green will not play for the Warriors, Sabonis’ impact on the game would be even bigger and if he is ready to go, the Kings are favorites in this one.

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