Kings' Sabonis sustained sternum contusion in Draymond stomp


Domantas Sabonis was evaluated after the Kings' Game 2 playoff win over the Warriors, and it was determined that Sacramento's All-Star center sustained a sternum contusion in his confrontation with Draymond Green, the team announced in a statement Tuesday night.

"The Sacramento Kings announced today that center Domantas Sabonis received a medical evaluation that included X-ray imaging on Monday night and Tuesday afternoon," the Kings' statement read. "Results showed Sabonis sustained a sternum contusion during the fourth quarter versus the Golden State Warriors on Monday, April 17. Sabonis will be listed as questionable for Thursday’s game versus the Warriors."

With just over seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and the Kings leading 91-87, Sabonis and Green became tangled up under the basket. Sabonis appeared to hold on to Green's right leg before the Warriors forward stepped on the big man's chest as he tried to free himself.

Sabonis underwent X-rays on his chest immediately after the game, and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported those came back negative. Further evaluation Tuesday revealed the sternum contusion, and the Kings officially will list Sabonis as questionable for Game 3 on Thursday at Chase Center. 

Sabonis was on the receiving end of some pretty hard hits throughout the game, but none worse than Green's stomp. The NBA officially suspended Green for Game 3, stating that his "history of unsportsmanlike acts" played a part in the decision.

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If Sabonis can't play Thursday, the Kings will be without a significant piece on the road as they look to take a three-games-to-none lead in the best-of-seven first-round series. 

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