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Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins shakes hands with head coach Michael Malone during a timeout in the fourth quarter on Friday night, January 10, 2014 between the Sacramento Kings and Orlando Magic at Sleep Train Arena.

Kings notes: Cousins, Gay miss third straight game

Published: Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 - 10:56 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014 - 7:27 pm

Center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Rudy Gay missed their third consecutive game for the Kings on Monday night.

Gay (strained left Achilles’) was a late scratch after making the trip to Utah. Cousins (sprained left ankle) did not travel with the team.

Both players were injured during the first half of Wednesday’s loss at Houston.

“If (Gay) wasn’t feeling confident with the injury and his Achilles’, I wasn’t going to put him in a position to jeopardize and injure it further,” coach Michael Malone said. “So he went out. He tried to warm up, see how it felt. It didn’t feel right. We’ll give it another day to rest.”

Malone hopes another day of treatment will allow Gay to play when the Kings host Memphis on Wednesday.

Cousins continued receiving treatment in Sacramento and could return Wednesday.

“Wednesday is a ways away in terms of rehab,” Malone said. “I think it’s a realistic possibility, but we’ll have a better idea as we get closer to that time.”

Cousins has been durable for most of his career. He has missed four games this season because of injuries, more than he had missed because of ailments over his first three seasons.

Cousins missed two games last season because of a quadriceps contusion, and he sat out a game during the 2011-12 season with food poisoning.

Changes – The Kings used their 10th different starting lineup of the season Monday.

Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Thornton started at guard, and Travis Outlaw and Derrick Williams at forward. Jason Thompson, who normally starts at power forward, started at center. Aaron Gray started the previous two games in place of Cousins.

Outlaw, filling in for Gay at small forward, made his first start of the season.

Malone had weighed using a smaller starting lineup Sunday against Denver because the Nuggets use a small lineup, but he stayed with Gray at center.

The Jazz also started a smaller lineup with 6-foot-9 Marvin Williams at power forward and 6-10 Derrick Favors at center.

Also out – Kings assistant coach Corliss Williamson did not make the trip because of illness. He also was unable to coach Sunday.

Streak ends – Thomas’ streak of games with a 3-pointer ended at 37 as he missed both of his attempts. It’s the second-longest streak in Sacramento history, trailing Mitch Richmond’s 39-game run.

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