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Jason Jones, Sacramento Kings beat writer

Malone not ‘very optimistic’ Cousins will play tonight at Dallas

01/31/2014 10:46 AM

01/31/2014 11:47 AM

Kings coach Michael Malone said after this morning’s shootaround that center DeMarcus Cousins (sprained left ankle) would be a game-time decision.

But it’s more likely Cousins will miss his fifth game in a row when the Kings face the Dallas Mavericks tonight at American Airlines Center.

“I’m not very optimistic at the moment but stranger things have happened,” Malone said. “He wasn’t able to go through a whole lot yesterday and at shootaround today he was limited. He’ll be a game-time decision but I’m not very optimistic at this point.”

Aaron Gray will start at center, barring a radical improvement from Cousins.

Malone also commented on Cousins not making the All-Star team even though his statistics rank among the best players in the NBA.

Cousins is averaging 22.6 points, 11.6 rebounds and three assists. His scoring leads all centers.

“You look at those numbers alone he’s worthy of an All-Star spot,’ Malone said. “But the coaches vote and they decided to leave him off. I think a large part of that is our record, to be honest.”

The Kings are 15-30 this season.

Cousins did not speak to the media this morning as he stayed behind after shootaround for extra work.

*Also, the Mavericks will be without starting forward Shawn Marion tonight.

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Jason Jones, who joined The Sacramento Bee in 2002, has covered the Kings since 2008. Jones, a UC Berkeley graduate, also has covered high school sports, the Oakland Raiders and the Sacramento Monarchs for The Bee. Contact him at Twitter: @mr_jasonjones

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