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- The Sacramento Kings will once again be without starting center DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins is serving the second game of his two-game suspension for his role in a confrontation with San Antonio Spurs commentator Sean Elliott on Friday night. “There won’t be any adjustment,” coach Keith Smart said of Cousins’ suspension before the game. “We just need to get through this night here and eventually get our team back.”
- In classic Keith Smart fashion, he refused to announce who will start in Cousins’ place when the ball goes live in Sacramento. Veteran Travis Outlaw started in Cousins’ place last game, but rookie Thomas Robinson is back tonight after serving his own two-game suspension.
- The Kings used the fifth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft on Robinson out of Kansas, leaving high-scoring guard Damian Lillard on the board for the Blazers sitting at No. 6. So far, Lillard has been a dream for Portland, averaging 17.9 points and 6.3 assists as their starting point guard. While the Kings have plenty of young talent, Lillard thinks he landed in the right spot on draft night. “I don’t doubt that it would have been fun,” Lillard said of what could have been with the Kings. “But the best situation for me to fall into is probably the one I did fall into.”
– James Ham