The Sacramento Kings will miss star DeAaron Fox.

The Miami Heat might be without stellar combo guard Tyler Hero.

The health of these two players will play a key role in Wednesday’s game between hosts the Heat and the suddenly hot Kings, who have won twice in a row after slipping from four games.

Hero, who entered the Miami game on Tuesday averaging 19.9 points, picked up his left eye in the second quarter of the game against the visiting Golden State Warriors.

He bruised and never came back, finished with two points in 10 minutes. The Heat went on to beat the reigning NBA champions 116-109.

After the match, Herro said he briefly lost his sight. However, he said he got it back by the end of the competition.

Fox hit his knees with Charlotte Hornets center Nick Richards on Monday night. On Tuesday, an MRI revealed it was just a bony bruise for Fox – no structural damage – but he will be sitting on Wednesday.

A fifth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Fox has averaged at least 21 points per game in each of the past three seasons and places 24.5 per contest to start the current campaign.

Fox is likely to be replaced in the starting lineup by second-year guard Davon Mitchell, who took his place when he left Fox on Monday and scored 23 points to help Sacramento secure a 115-108 win over Charlotte.

“He brings a commanding presence off the bench,” Kings coach Mike Brown said of Mitchell, who has hit 9 of 11 from the ground. “He brings an understanding of what his role is and embraces his role. He’s a guy I know any time we call his number he’ll be ready to play.”

Mitchell, who averaged 11.5 points as a rookie, is best known for his stubborn defense. This effort has been matched by his teammates in the past two games.

“We’re fighting back,” Mitchell said of his team’s modest two-game winning streak. “We are a team that never gives up. We try to play for 48 minutes.”

The Kings started the season 0-4 before defeating the Visitors 119-113 on Saturday in Sacramento.

“They just put it on us,” said Duncan Robinson, the Heat winger. “Now we put them in our building.”

Robinson scored 17 points on Tuesday. He and Max Strauss – who had 24 points – were great off the bench.

Miami coach Eric Spoelstra seemed particularly grateful to Strauss, who fired 8-for-17 from the ground on Tuesday, including 4-for-10 from a 3-point range.

“Max keeps going forward and playing different roles,” said Spoilstra. “It was solid with Tyler out.”

If Herro isn’t available on Wednesday, the Heat may need more Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Kyle Lowry. Butler scored 23 points and made eight assists and six rebounds on Tuesday. Adebayo added 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Laurie contributed 13 points and nine assists to the team.

For the Kings, Kevin Hotter was a pleasant surprise, averaging 18.3 points. He also tops the team with 53.2 percent of a 3-point span.

–Field Media Level

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