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Kings’ Cousins to miss two games with Achilles strain

Video: Coach desires 'smarter' play while center sits with injured Achilles

Sacramento Kings coach George Karl said his team will need to be more of a thinking squad while it goes through the next two games minus its All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, who was hurt in the game Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, against the Los Angeles
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Sacramento Kings coach George Karl said his team will need to be more of a thinking squad while it goes through the next two games minus its All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, who was hurt in the game Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, against the Los Angeles

Kings All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins will miss the next two games with a strained right Achilles.

“We’re just going to skip him the next two games and after that he’s day-to-day,” Kings vice president Vlade Divac said after Monday’s practice.

Cousins left Saturday’s loss at the Los Angeles Clippers at halftime with what was announced as a sore right Achilles. An MRI on Sunday revealed a strain.

“He rebounded and went down and felt a little bit sore, so we decided to keep him in the locker room and do the MRI,” Divac said.

The Kings will play four games in the next five days: Home against Memphis on Tuesday, at Phoenix on Wednesday and home against Houston on Friday and Golden State on Saturday.

“It’s a long season and things happen like that, so it’s better to make sure he’s recovered 100 percent instead of pushing him to aggravate things,” Divac said.

Sacramento Kings executive Vlade Divac shares his thoughts about the injury suffered by center DeMarcus Cousins and the players' outlook for returning to competition.

Jason Jones: @mr_jasonjones, read more about the team at sacbee.com/kings.

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