DeMarcus Cousins' season likely to end early after Kings' decision

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While for some NBA teams, the end of the regular season holds huge importance as they battle to secure a coveted playoff position, for others the final few games of the campaign aren't quite so important.

The Sacramento Kings are one of those teams will little to play for beyond a high lottery pick and a decision regarding their franchise star DeMarcus Cousins confirms all but confirms their intentions.

Over the weekend, Kings head coach George Karl stated that Cousins would sit out the team's remaining road fixtures. The 25-year-old was duly left at home for Sacramento's 115-106 win over the Denver Nuggets last night.

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With only five games to go after Saturday's W, the Kings only have two road fixtures remaining before the season is done.

They do, though, end their season on a two-game road trip against the Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets, meaning Sacramento's April 9 home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder will likely be Cousins' last outing of the campaign.

In 11th place in the Western Conference and out of playoff contention, the decision is a sensible one on two fronts. Firstly, limiting Cousins' playing time means less chance the free-scoring star will pick up an injury in a relatively meaningless game.

Secondly, playing without their best player actually helps the team's chances of getting a higher pick in the upcoming NBA draft. The games against Phoenix and Houston will be tougher to win without Cousins.

Despite the Kings' struggles this season, and speculation concerning his relationship with coach Karl, Cousins has enjoyed a successful personal campaign.

He is averaging a double-double on the season while scoring a career-high 27 points per game.

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