The Kings today sent out an injury report listing Cousins as doubtful to play due to a virus of some sort, while both Rudy Gay (right achilles tendinitis) and Darren Collison (left quadriceps contusion) remained questionable. Sacramento has been without Gay and Collison in both of the prior two games, but Cousins has yet to miss a game this season. On one good note, Cousins did sustain a minor knee injury in Wednesday's loss to the Houston Rockets, but that's not what will keep him out of tonight's game. Still, the Kings will be extremely hard pressed to win this game without their three best players. Ramon Sessions and Omri Casspi have been getting the start in Collison and Gay's absence, and Carl Landry will likely shift to the starting lineup if Cousins is gone, with Jason Thompson sliding over to center.
San Antonio is relatively healthy aside from the continued absences of Tiago Splitter and Patty Mills. They also could be without head coach Gregg Popovich, who missed Wednesday's game with a minor medical procedure. Assistant Coach Ettore Messina coached in his place and made history as the first European to coach an NBA game.
UPDATE 2:10 PM:
DeMarcus Cousins has been officially declared inactive for tonight. Rudy Gay and Darren Collison are still questionable.
UPDATE 4:16 PM:
Ryan Hollins will start for DeMarcus Cousins.— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) November 29, 2014
Malone is optimistic Rudy Gay and Darren Collison will play tonight, will know for sure after they go through pregame warmups.— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) November 29, 2014