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DeMarcus Cousins reportedly out two more games

DeMarcus Cousins, Dwight Howard

DeMarcus Cousins, Dwight Howard

AP

DeMarcus Cousins was going to miss at least two games with a strained Achilles.

Two games later, and that “at least” comes into play.

Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 Sacramento:

The Kings next two opponents: Rockets and Warriors. That’s a tough stretch.

At least Sacramento won’t have to face Houston’s starting center, Dwight Howard.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

Howard was ruled out for Friday’s game at the Sacramento Kings while the Rockets continue to manage his workload in back-to-back games. He is expected to play Saturday against the Clippers in Los Angeles.

Both the Rockets (2-3) and Kings (1-4) entered the season eying the playoffs, but have stumbled early. This is a good opportunity for one to build momentum. Between the home team (Sacramento) and the team with its best player (Houston, James Harden), I’m taking the Rockets.

The Warriors look unbeatable. I doubt the Cousin-less Kings challenge them Saturday.

Maybe it’s time to bet on Sacramento firing George Karl. Cousins’ absence should be a mitigating factor, but that didn’t save Michael Malone.

The Kings are already in a hole and staring up at the prospect of it getting deeper.

If you’re a Comcast subscriber in Northern California, you can stream tonight’s Kings-Rockets game here.