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George Karl expects DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay, Darren Collison to miss rest of season

Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) and center DeMarcus Cousins (15) walk off the court during a time out against the Milwaukee Bucks in December 2014.
Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) and center DeMarcus Cousins (15) walk off the court during a time out against the Milwaukee Bucks in December 2014. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Sacramento Kings coach George Karl does not expect to have his top-3 scorers back for the final three games of the season.

The Kings play at Denver Sunday and host the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday before finishing the season at the Lakers.

DeMarcus Cousins (sore right foot), Rudy Gay (concussion) and Darren Collison (core muscle injury) have all been out, with Collison not playing since Feb. 5. Cousins has missed the last three games and Gay has missed five of the last six games.

“DeMarcus, I think, is done for the year,” Karl said. “I don’t know what’s going to be sent out but the report I got is it looks like they want him to stay off his legs for the rest of the year. I don’t think as an organization we’re going to take a chance on Darren. I would say Rudy is borderline out for the season, too. We’re hoping maybe for a game but I don’t think he’ll play tomorrow. Because he doesn’t play tomorrow, I think they’ll go into the protocol, the concussion protocol, that I don’t understand but I think it’s going to be difficult to get him in either game against the Lakers (next week).”

Cousins leads the Kings averaging 24.1 points and 12.7 rebounds. The Kings are 4-16 this season without their All-Star center.

Gay is averaging 21.1 points and 5.7 rebounds in 68 games.

Collison, who had surgery to repair his injury last month, averaged 16.1 points and a team-high 5.6 assists in 45 games.

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