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Jason Jones, Sacramento Kings beat writer

Pregame notes: Cousins returns to lineup against Chicago

02/03/2014 6:59 PM

02/03/2014 11:43 PM

DeMarcus Cousins will be in the starting lineup tonight when the Kings host the Chicago Bulls at Sleep Train Arena.

Cousins has be sidelined the previous six games with a sprained left ankle. He suffered the injury Jan. 22 at Houston.

“He’s going to try and play like the old DeMarcus but it’s not going to happen right away I don’t think,” said Kings coach Michael Malone. “I imagine he may get a little fatigued right away as well. So we’ll monitor that and if we have to get him out early, get him a quick breather, we will.”

• Isaiah Thomas has attempted 29 three pointers in the last three games.

“He’s a very capable shooter,” Malone said. “It’s the quality of shot we’re looking for.”

Thomas should be shooting less with Cousins in the lineup. Malone doesn’t want to discourage Thomas from being aggressive, but he wants to see his point guard make good decisions.

“I never want him to stop shooting the ball as long as they are good shots through the offense,” Malone said.

Prediction time: The Kings are on a season-long seven-game losing streak. I thought they’d breakthrough in San Antonio, and I was wrong.

The Bulls are hardly a juggernaut and Cousins returning could provide an emotional boost.

Kings 100, Bulls 94

My record: 29-18

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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 jejones@sacbee.com. Twitter: @mr_jasonjones

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