Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for the 1-4 Sacramento Kings as they look forward to a brutal three game stretch against the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, and San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Bee’s Ailene Voisin reported just minutes ago that DeMarcus Cousins will miss at least two more games with the Achilles strain he suffered against the Clippers back on October 31st.
Sounds like DeMarcus Cousins will be sidelined for at least two more games with sore Achilles. Will be re-evaluated Sunday.— Ailene Voisin (@ailene_voisin) November 6, 2015
You can’t blame the Kings for taking the slow route in regards to Cousins’ return. The risk of an Achilles tear just isn't worth whatever hobbled version of DeMarcus Cousins the Kings would get if he were to return before he's 100%. We've talked about the Kings ability (in inability) to play without Cousins a million times. The frontcourt depth Vlade Divac added this summer was supposed to make a small stretch of games without Cousins tolerable, but the Kings haven't shown the ability produce in his absence yet, and the competition this weekend is as tough as it gets.
Jason Jones followed up on Voisin’s report and added that the earliest we’d see Cousins return to the court is Monday against the Spurs, but that didn’t sound definite, and Cousins will already miss twice as many games as was originally reported, so who knows. This could get ugly.