MINNEAPOLIS, April 29 (UPI) -- Veteran Los Angeles Lakers forward Rick Fox will miss the rest of the postseason after suffering a torn tendon in his left foot.
The injury occurred in Sunday's 102-97 victory over the Minnesota
Fox will require surgery to repair the injury, which occurred early in the first quarter while he was chasing Minnesota forward Wally Szczerbiak.
An MRI revealed the extent of the injury.
"We won't know what that does to us," Jackson said of the absence. "That's an effect that we still have yet to understand."
Fox is sixth on the team in playoff scoring at 6.0 points per game on 44 percent shooting. He started every playoff game in the past two championship runs, was a key reserve when the Lakers won the title in 2000, and has been the most reliable member of the Lakers' supporting cast.
Coupled with, among other things, the sore shoulder of Kobe Bryant, puts heavy pressure on the Lakers to win their fourth straight NBA title.
"That's kind of the story of this year," said guard Brian Shaw, whose minutes likely will increase dramatically. "This has been a real struggle. I think that when it's all said and done, if we get to where we're trying to go, that will make it all more worth the while, having gone through what we've had to go through."
Fox averaged 8.0 points in the first three games of the best-of-seven series, which is tied at two wins apiece heading into Tuesday's game at the Target Center in Minneapolis.