Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins day-to-day with strained right Achilles
LOS ANGELES – DeMarcus Cousins was forced from action with a sore right Achilles tendon during the Kings’ 114–109 road loss to the Clippers on Saturday.
The 2015 All-Star center didn’t take questions after the game. Cousins left the arena walking under his own power, although he was moving somewhat gingerly. An MRI on Sunday showed a strained right Achilles, the Kings announced. Cousins is listed as day-to-day.
Sacramento will have two days off before it plays host to Memphis on Tuesday. If Cousins misses time, Karl can turn to rookie Willie Cauley-Stein and reserve center Kosta Koufos.
Cousins exited with 47 seconds left in the second quarter and the Clippers leading 57–53. He departed with 13 points on 6 for 14 shooting and nine rebounds in 15 minutes and did not return after halftime.
Koufos replaced Cousins in Sacramento’s starting lineup for the second half.
The Kings were on the second end of a home-and-road back-to-back. Cousins played 28 minutes in a home win over the Lakers on Friday.
In Cousins’s absence, Rajon Rondo led the Kings with 21 points, eight assists and five rebounds. The loss dropped the Kings to 1–2 on the season.