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De’Aaron Fox starts in loss to Raptors on Friday [UPDATE]

Kings PG played through tight hamstring in blowout loss at home against Toronto.

De’Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings looks on during the game against the Sacramento Kings on January 4, 2021 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California. Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images

UPDATE: Fox ended up starting despite a tight hamstring that forced him to leave Wednesday night. He scored a team-high 23 points in a 144-123 loss to the Raptors.

UPDATE: Jan. 7, 8:40 p.m. — Fox is being listed as questionable to play in Friday’s game vs. the Toronto Raptors. He left Wednesday due to hamstring tightness and did not return. If Fox is out we could see either Cory Joseph or rookie Tyrese Haliburton start. Haliburton would be the better overall play if Fox misses time.

Sacramento Kings PG De’Aaron Fox was forced to leave Wednesday’s game vs. the Chicago Bulls due to hamstring tightness and was unable to return. Fox was injured in the first quarter and ruled out in the second with the Kings ahead. Luckily for Sacramento, the team got Tyrese Haliburton (wrist) back in the lineup after missing two games.

Prior to leaving, Fox had 3 points and an assist. We don’t know if the injury is that serious, it could just be precautionary since Fox has had issues with his ankles in the past. Cory Joseph and Haliburton should play the majority of the minutes at PG for the rest of the contest. If Fox were to miss any time, we could see one of those two in the starting lineup. Fox’s absence would also open up touches for the rest of the starting lineup — Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes, Marvin Bagley III and Richaun Holmes.