Only five matches after he had returned from a severe ankle Spraon, De’Aaron Fox had to leave Thursday’s home against Minnesota with rear spasms. The third-year guard took off pain, and less than two minutes after tipoff went directly to the dressing room.

The Kings later protested that Fox would not return.

Fox, who was fifth in the 2016 concept overall, has missed 17 of the Kings ‘ 31 matches this year. It is commonly thought that Fox, after his second season, would lead the emerging Kings in the playing match in the West. Despite the fact that he had a disappointing record of 12-18, Sacramento remained only 1.5 matches from the eighth place.