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DeMarcus Cousins doesn’t make list for All-Star Game reserves

01/30/2014 5:18 PM

01/30/2014 5:19 PM

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was not among the reserves named to participate in the Feb. 16 All-Star Game in New Orleans.

Per the vote of coaches in the Western Conference, the seven West Squad additions are Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas), LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard (Portland), James Harden and Dwight Howard (Houston), Tony Parker (San Antonio) and Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers).

Fans previously determined a starting lineup of Kevin Love (Minnesota), Blake Griffin (Clippers), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City), Steph Curry (Golden State) and Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers).

Incoming Commissioner Adam Silver will name the players who would replace an injured All-Star selection. Bryant, who is recovering from Achilles surgery, is not expected to play.

Cousins’ prospects were mixed. Though he is enjoying his best season and leading the team in points (22.6) and rebounds (11.6), coaches traditionally favor players on winning teams. The Kings are 15-30 and in the midst of a five-game losing streak.

Cousins, who has missed the last three games with a sprained right ankle, accompanied the team to Dallas earlier this afternoon and hoped to play against the Mavericks Friday night.

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Ailene Voisin, who has been with The Sacramento Bee since 1997, writes columns on a variety of sports, from the NBA, NFL and baseball to local high schools. Voisin previously worked for the San Diego Union, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has been a beat writer covering the Dodgers, Angels and Clippers. Contact her at avoisin@sacbee.com or 916-321-1208. Twitter: @ailene_voisin.

 

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