Live from the locker room: Kings vs. Wizards

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Here is the latest news live from Sleep Train Arena:

  • The Sacramento Kings (23-45) look to make it two in a row when they face off with the Washington Wizards (40-29) this afternoon at Sleep Train Arena.  Sacramento is coming off a 101-91 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday, which snapped a four-game losing streak.  Washington fell to the Clippers on Friday by a final of 113-99, but still hold the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
  • DeMarcus Cousins is back after missing the previous two games with a right calf strain.  “He’s going to play,” Karl said.  “I’m sure whatever minutes I give him, he’ll want more.”
  • For the second straight game Rudy Gay will start at the power forward position for coach Karl.  The veteran wing will have his hands full in the post with interior scoring big man Nene.  With Gay at the four, Omri Casspi will get the start at the three.
  • Karl coached Nene with the Denver Nuggets and spoke on his former pupil during pregame.  “I think Nene is a spectacular, simple, solid basketball player,” Karl said.  “He just plays the game the right way.  A big man that plays the game the right way that can pass the ball, can defend, can be a great rebounder.  I think the foundation of their team is their big guys.”
  • Darren Collison was out on the floor stretching and doing some light work before the game.  The 27-year-old guard is expected to miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery on a core muscle earlier this month.

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James Ham is the senior editor of Cowbell Kingdom, providing extensive Kings coverage through news analysis, in-depth interviews with players and staff and daily coverage of breaking news since 2010. Along with providing original content for the site, including the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast and his weekly Sunday Musings column, James also contributes to ESPN.com and is one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary film "Small Market, Big Heart".