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December 26, 2012
DeMarcus Cousins not with Kings in Portland

PORTLAND - Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is not with the team and will not play against the Portland Trail Blazers.

It was coach Keith Smart's decision not to bring Cousins on the trip.

Cousins was reinstated from an indefinite suspension Monday, but Smart said reinstatement meant Cousins could would be allowed to practice, not necessarily play.

This will be the second game Cousins missed since his verbal altercation at halftime of last Friday's loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles.

Smart benched Cousins for the second half of that game and left him in the locker room for the remainder of the game.

The Kings beat the Trail Blazers, 108-96, Sunday without Cousins.

Tyreke Evans (sore left knee) also did not make the trip.

Evans has played in three games since he bumped knees with Andrei Kirilenko Nov. 27. Evans will have missed 10 of the last 13 games because of his knee.


TODAY'S GAME

Kings (9-18) at Trail Blazers (13-13)

Time: 7 p.m.

Where: Rose Garden, Portland

TV: CSNCA

Radio: KHTK (1140)

PROBABLE STARTERS


KINGS

No. Player Pos.

3 Aaron Brooks G

23 Marcus Thornton G

5 John Salmons F

52 James Johnson F

34 Jason Thompson C

TRAIL BLAZERS

No. Player Pos.

0 Damian Lillard G

18 Victor Claver G

88 Nicolas Batum F

12 LaMarcus Aldridge F

21 J.J. Hickson C



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