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DeMarcus Cousins out for second game in a row as Kings face Grizzlies

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

It appears that whatever virus DeMarcus Cousins has caught is a bad one, as the Kings announced today that he is out for today's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.  Cousins also missed Friday's game against the Spurs with the same ailment.

This is a big blow to a Sacramento team already facing a tough uphill battle against the Grizzlies, holders of the NBA's best record at 14-2 and a clean 10-0 against their Western Conference colleagues.  Sacramento was 0-11 last year without Cousins.

Ryan Hollins will likely get the start for Cousins once again.  Hollins played well for Sacramento on Friday, scoring 15 points on 5-7 shooting and grabbing 6 rebounds in about 26 minutes of playing time.

Fortunately for Sacramento, it's only Cousins that will be missing time tonight.  Rudy Gay, Darren Collison and Ramon Sessions were all also listed on the injury report, but their status is probable.  Both Gay and Collison made their return from injury on Friday against the Spurs.  The Kings will need big games from them (and likely someone else) if they hope to topple Memphis.