Leading Off

Without Cousins in lineup, Kings are sick

Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) talks with teammate Ben McLemore (23) as they head to the bench during a timeout in the third quarter of Tuesday nights game against Toronto at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) talks with teammate Ben McLemore (23) as they head to the bench during a timeout in the third quarter of Tuesday nights game against Toronto at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. jvillegas@sacbee.com

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▪ The adage, “There’s nothing more important than your health,” rings so true for the Kings. When the team has its “Big Three” – DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Darren Collison – in the starting lineup, Sacramento is a combined 8-4. When at least one of those players is out because of illness or injury, the Kings are 1-5.

▪ The Kings say a “viral infection” was enough for Cousins to be admitted into a Kaiser Permanente hospital Tuesday night. How many 24-year-old pro athletes do you recall being hospitalized for the flu? Yeah, me neither. That must be some powerful infection to knock a 6-foot-11, 270-pound NBA center out of line lineup the past three games – and for at least the next upcoming two – unless the Kings are keeping mum about what really ails their star player. Perhaps he’s just sick and tired of behaving himself, not having collected a single technical foul in the season’s the first month.

▪ Reggie Evans has played admirably in Cousins’ place, but he can’t put up All-Star-caliber numbers on a nightly basis of 23.5 points and 12.6 rebounds. Also, the Kings simply don’t win without Cousins. Last season, the team lost all 11 games without Cousins, and it is 0-3 so far this season.

▪ If you just awakened from a four-year coma and and learned that the 49ers have played in one Super Bowl, three consecutive NFC Championship Games and currently have a 7-5 record, you’d probably jump out of bed screaming: “Who’s got it better than us!?” Which makes the daily drama of “As the 49ers Turn” all that more incredulous.

▪ At this point in the 49ers-Jim Harbaugh marriage, the coach is sleeping on the couch and the front office isn’t speaking to him other than sending out nasty tweets. It seems the only thing that can save this union that went from honeymoon to doom-and-gloom overnight is an unexpected Super Bowl parade down Market Street. Maybe.

– Victor Contreras

vcontreras@sacbee.com


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