Cousins sprained his ankle last week in Houston and has not played since. Coach Michael Malone told the Sacramento Bee that while Cousins is a game-time decision, the coach is not expecting to have him available.
“I’m not very optimistic at the moment but stranger things have happened,” Malone said. “He wasn’t able to go through a whole lot [Thursday] and at shootaround today he was limited. He’ll be a game-time decision but I’m not very optimistic at this point.”
Cousins was perhaps the most notable All-Star omission in the Western Conference. No player ranked higher than Cousins in player efficiency rating was left out of the game, scheduled for Feb. 16 in New Orleans.
“You look at those numbers alone he’s worthy of an All-Star spot,” Malone said. “But the coaches vote and they decided to leave him off. I think a large part of that is our record, to be honest.”
If Cousins ultimately doesn’t make the final roster for the game—at the very least, a replacement for Kobe Bryant will have to be made for the Western Conference—it would make it a full decade since Sacramento was represented in the All-Star Game.