SACRAMENTO -- DeMarcus Cousins will miss his second consecutive game with a right calf strain as the Kings host the Hornets on Friday. Sacramento is 2-13 without their All-Star center in the lineup this season.
The decision was made after final pregame workouts at Sleep Train Arena.
Three other starters are on the Kings injury list as Ben McLemore, right forearm contusion, and Rudy Gay, left patellar tendon strain, are both probable while Darren Collison, core muscle injury, is likely out for the remainder of the season.
McLemore has started every game for the Kings this season and the Kansas product sustained the injury on a dunk while scoring a season-high 27 points in the Kings last win on March 11 in Charlotte.
Gay returned to the lineup scoring 23 points in Wednesday’s 116-105 loss to the Clippers after missing two consecutive games due to the knee injury. Sacramento is 2-4 without their starting small forward.
Darren Collison is out likely for the balance of the campaign after the point guard sustained a core muscle injury in a Feb. 5 loss to Dallas that eventually required surgery.
The Kings (22-45) have now lost eight of their last nine games and will try to snap a four-game losing streak in game three of a five-game homestand versus the Hornets (29-37) on Friday.