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UPDATE (Friday at 1:10 p.m.) -- DeMarcus Cousins has officially been ruled out for Friday night's game against the Spurs.
DeMarcus Cousins, who is listed as doubtful for the Kings game Friday night, is unlikely to be in uniform at Sleep Train Arena to face the San Antonio Spurs, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Cousins is suffering from a sprained left ankle and left hip contusion that kept him out of Thursday’s practice.
With Darren Collison set for surgery next week, Sacramento will likely be without two starters against the Spurs.
[RELATED: Collison set for surgery, season in jeopardy]
Cousins appeared to injure the ankle in Wednesday’s 102-90 home win over the Grizzlies at the 8:29 mark of the fourth quarter when operating in the post against Kosta Koufos. He hobbled to halfcourt and sat on the court before making his way to the free-throw line.
“Cousins was walking around the locker room like he was old this morning,” Kings coach George Karl said after Thursday’s practice.
“I’m hopeful for (Friday against the Spurs), but there’s a chance he won’t play.”
Cousins secured 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists in just under 25 minutes due to foul trouble battling Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Koufos and the rest of the Memphis frontcourt.
The Kentucky product actually played through the ankle situation before fouling out with 46.3 seconds remaining with the Kings leading 101-90.
Cousins is averaging 23.7 points and 12.2 rebounds per game, ranking seventh and third in the NBA respectively and is also tied for second in the league with Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic with 34 double-doubles, four behind leader Pau Gasol of Chicago.
Collison will see Dr. William Meyers on Monday in Philadelphia for a consultation with surgery likely to occur on Tuesday to repair a core muscle injury and will be evaluated in 3-6 weeks.
On Tuesday, the UCLA product was examined by a specialist in Los Angeles regarding his right hip flexor strain and has yet to play for new Kings coach George Karl.
Collison missed his seventh consecutive game on Wednesday as Sacramento defeated Memphis, 102-90.
The Kings are 3-4 without the 6-foot point guard due to the injury.
After the Spurs, the Kings wrap their homestand by hosting the Trail Blazers on Sunday before embarking on an eight-game road trip.
Catch Insider Bill Herenda tonight breaking down the Spurs-Kings matchup on Kings Pregame Live starting at 6:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet California