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DeMarcus Cousins has been diagnosed with viral meningitis, the Kings announced on Sunday.
According to a statement from the team, "Cousins’ symptoms are stable and a full recovery is expected, however the Kings medical staff recommends further rest before demands of an NBA schedule can be tolerated. He will continue to be monitored daily, with basketball-related activities expected to resume when his health allows."
Cousins last played in Houston on November 26 but has now missed five straight games including Saturday’s 105-96 loss to the Magic at Sleep Train Arena.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines meningitis as “an inflammation of the tissue that covers the brain and spinal cord” and viral meningitis as “the most common type of meningitis. It is often less severe than bacterial meningitis, and most people usually get better on their own (without treatment).”
Sacramento (10-10) is 1-4 this season and 1-15 over the last two campaigns without their center on the floor.
While attempting to play against Toronto on this past Tuesday, Cousins took a turn for the worse after early pregame warm-ups, including a fever and headaches that resulted in a hospital admittance and subsequent discharge on Wednesday morning.
Cousins is the NBA’s fifth leading scorer averaging 23.5 points per game and leads the league in rebounding corralling 12.6 rebounds per night.
Clearly, missing Cousins and his prodigious numbers has stunted Sacramento’s improvement as the Kings ascended to a 9-6 start to the season, the franchise's best since 2004-05, and they now have leveled off at 10-10.