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Kings will be without Cousins, Gay and Stauskas tonight vs. Jazz

Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) drives to basket past Minnesota Timberwolves forward Robbie Hummel (4) in the first half at Sleep Train Arena Tuesday April 7, 2015 in Sacramento.
Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) drives to basket past Minnesota Timberwolves forward Robbie Hummel (4) in the first half at Sleep Train Arena Tuesday April 7, 2015 in Sacramento. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

The Kings will be without their top two scorers and a key reserve tonight when they play the Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The game tips off at 6 p.m. and can be watched on CSNCA.

Starting center DeMarcus Cousins, starting small forward Rudy Gay and reserve shooting guard Nick Stauskas are all listed in the Kings’ injury report as “out” for tonight’s game. The starting lineup for the Kings tonight likely will be Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum at guard, Reggie Evans at center and Omri Casspi and Derrick Williams or Jason Thompson at forward.

Cousins, listed on the injury report with a sore right foot, leads the team in scoring (24.1 points) and rebounding (12.7). The Kings are 4-14 without their All-Star center this season, who will miss his second consecutive game.

Gay, who missed three games after suffering a concussion, played 38 minutes in Tuesday’s 116-111 victory over Minnesota. But he will miss tonight’s game due to the after affects of the concussion.

After leading the Kings in scoring with 33 points Tuesday, Gay said headaches were his biggest concern.

“It’s tough,” Gay said. “It’s not like any other injury. It’s your brain, so just make sure that’s right.”

Gay is the Kings’ second-leading scorer (21.1 points) and fourth-leading rebounder (4.4).

Stauskas, listed on the injury report with a mid-back strain, missed the second half of Tuesday’s game. He has averaged 4.2 points this season.

The Kings also have been without point guard Darren Collison, who had surgery to repair a core muscle injury on March 3, and forward Eric Moreland, who had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder on Jan. 3.

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