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    DeMarcus Cousins (15) of the Sacramento King grimaces in pain as he is tended to by training staff after hitting the floor after being fouled against the Houston Rockets in the first half of their game on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Houston. (George Bridges/ MCT)

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    Rudy Gay’s NBA experience is particularly applicable to the Kings.

Cousins, Gay are listed as day-to-day for Kings

Published: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 - 11:07 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 - 11:21 pm

Results from MRIs in Sacramento on Thursday confirmed the initial diagnoses of injuries for the Kings’ two top scorers.

Center DeMarcus Cousins has a sprained left ankle and forward Rudy Gay a strained left Achilles’.

Both are listed as day-to-day after being injured in the first half of Wednesday’s 119-98 loss at Houston and will be re-evaluated on a regular basis.

Tonight, the Kings host the Indiana Pacers, who are coming off a 24-point loss at Phoenix on Wednesday. The Pacers still have the NBA’s best record at 33-8 and Indiana beat Sacramento last Tuesday in the first game of the Kings’ six-game trip.

The Kings will have to avenge the loss without their two leading scorers and leading rebounder. Cousins is averaging 22.6 points and 11.6 rebounds. Gay is averaging 19.8 points overall and 20.1 points in 21 games with the Kings since being acquired in December.

“It’s tough, especially those two guys,” forward Derrick Williams said after Wednesday’s loss at Houston. “They lead us in scoring pretty much every night. It’s a big rebounding piece and our big man in the middle. Rudy has been playing great as well, but like I said, other guys have to step up.”

Both were in walking boots after their injuries in Houston. On Thursday, Cousins walked with the aid of crutches, and his ankle was still swollen.

Cousins rolled his ankle on a drive to the basket after being fouled by Houston guard Patrick Beverley with 7:12 left in the second quarter. Gay left Wednesday’s game with 6:01 to play in the first quarter. Kings coach Michael Malone called a timeout when he saw Gay favoring his left foot. Gay then limped to the locker room.

Cousins recorded a double double in 15 consecutive games before the injury, a team record and the longest streak in the NBA this season. Gay was coming off a 41-point effort that matched his career high in a win at New Orleans on Tuesday.

The Kings now will turn to Williams, who had 22 points and 11 rebounds playing in place of Gay, but have no comparable replacement for Cousins.

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