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Kings’ top three scorers to miss rest of season

Kings coach George Karl will be without his top three scorers for the final three games of the season.

The team announced Saturday that center DeMarcus Cousins (sore right foot) and forward Rudy Gay (concussion) would be out.

Karl added that guard Darren Collison (core muscle injury), who has been sidelined since Feb. 5, will not return to the lineup.

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

“It looks like they want (Cousins) to stay off his legs for the rest of the (season),” Karl said. “I don’t think as an organization we’re going to take a chance on Darren.”

Dr. Richard Ferkel examined Cousins in Los Angeles. The veteran has sustained multiple lower leg injuries, including ankle sprains and a calf strain, over the course of the season and dating back to summer. Cousins played on Team USA, which won the gold medal in the World Cup last September in Spain.

Gay seemed most likely to return. He suffered a concussion on March 30 and missed three games but returned Tuesday, scoring 33 points in a win over Minnesota. But Gay reported headaches after the game and has been held out of the last two outings.

The Kings consulted the director of the NBA concussion program, Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, and decided to sit Gay for the rest of the season.

Collison had been expected to sit out. He had surgery on March 3 and was to be re-evaluated in six weeks, but returning for one or two games seemed unlikely.

Cousins made his first All-Star team this season, but he’ll also miss the most games to injury or illness (23) in his career. He sat out 10 games in November and December because of viral meningitis.

Cousins is averaging 24.1 points and 12.7 rebounds, both career highs. The Kings are 4-16 this season without him.

Gay is averaging 21.1 points, his career high, and 5.9 rebounds in 68 games. Collison is averaging a career-high 16.1 points and a team-high 5.6 assists in 45 games.

Stockton is back – The Kings will sign guard David Stockton for the final three games of the season and to a non-guaranteed deal for next season.

Stockton joined the Kings on a 10-day contract in February before returning to the Kings’ NBA Development League affiliate in Reno.

He will take the roster spot of center Sim Bhullar, whose 10-day contract expired Saturday.

Stockton met the team in Denver on Saturday and will be available for Sunday’s game against the Nuggets. He has appeared in one game for the Kings, tallying a point, two rebounds and an assist.

Stockton, the son of Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton, averaged 20.1 points and 9.4 assists at Reno.

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