DeMarcus Cousins won’t play against Minnesota Timberwolves

Nikola Pekovic makes a move against DeMarcus Cousins. (Photo: Jonathan Santiago)
DeMarcus Cousins will not play in the final contest of the Sacramento Kings’ seven-game road trip.

The Kings starting center will sit out this evening’s match-up against the Minnesota Timberwolves because of right knee tendinitis. ¬†They have listed his injury as day-to-day.

The Kings have not played well this season when missing their starting center. ¬†They’ve lost all nine games in which Cousins has sat due to either injury or suspension this year. ¬†The last game Cousins missed was when the Kings fell 126-122 to the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 28.

Cousins has recorded at least 20 points in six of the Kings’ last eight games. ¬†During this road trip, Cousins averaged a healthy 21.7 points and 12.8 rebounds per game. ¬†He also shot the ball extremely well, 51.5 percent from the field, but turned the ball over an egregious 4.7 times a night.

Cousins has also recorded double-doubles in seven of their previous eight contests.  On the season, the 23-year-old center has posted 41 total double-doubles.  Alongside LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers and Kevin Love of the Timberwolves, Cousins remains one of three players to average at least 22 points and 11 rebounds a game this year.

In addition to Cousins, the Timberwolves will also being playing short-handed.  Nikola Pekovic will not play tonight against the Kings due to a sore right ankle.  Gorgui Deng will start in his place at center.

James Ham also contributed to this story.




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Jonathan Santiago serves Cowbell Kingdom as senior editor specializing in writing, podcasting and video production. He also handles the majority of CK’s day-to-day beat coverage of the Kings.