At some point the Sacramento Kings are going to have to learn how to win without All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins.
After going 0-5 without their leading scorer and rebounder this season, they will likely get another shot to snap the streak on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks.
A source confirmed to CSNCalifornia.com, and the team later confirmed via press release, that Cousins is doubtful versus the Bucks with a lower back strain, giving him only a 25 percent chance of suiting up. Cousins injured his back in the third quarter of Monday’s overtime loss to the Hornets. He returned to the court in the fourth, but had to sit the final minute and overtime session due to back stiffness.
Cousins missed four games early in the season with a right Achilles strain and another contest due to suspension, all losses for Sacramento. The Kings dropped two other games in which Cousins left early due to injury and they are now just 11-38 when he misses a game in his five-plus seasons in the league.
In 10 games this season, the 25-year-old big man is averaging 27.9 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks in 32.9 minutes per game.