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DeMarcus Cousins leaves game with sprained ankle, X-rays negative

The Sacramento Kings are 19-20 in games DeMarcus Cousins plays (including a couple he had to leave early due to injury). They are 1-7 when he is out. Put more bluntly, the Kings are a playoff team when Cousins plays, they are a mess without him.

Which is why when Cousins’ left the eventual loss to Memphis late in the fourth quarter, Kings fans held their breath. Good news eventually followed — X-rays were negative. Cousins is now officially listed as day-to-day.

The Kings are home against the Bucks Monday and the Bulls Wednesday.

The injury happened when Memphis’ Marc Gasol dove for a loose ball and rolled up on Cousin’s leg. After the game, Kings’ coach Karl said the injury cut short the Kings’ comeback bid in an eventual 121-117 loss.

Cousins is an All-Star averaging 27 points and 11.3 rebounds a game for the Kings.