Warriors, Kings hoping to get healthy after All-Star break
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins reacts after getting hit in the side of the head during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. (AP / Rich Pedroncelli)
Antonio Gonzalez, The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, February 18, 2014 6:41PM EST
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings are expected to return from the All-Star break without their franchise centres in the lineup.
Andrew Bogut sat out the last two practices for Golden State after a flare reaction from a cortisone shot in his ailing left shoulder and is out indefinitely. DeMarcus Cousins is coping with a strained hip flexor that will likely sideline him when the Kings host the Warriors on Wednesday night in the first game following the break for both teams.
That's about where the similarities end between the Northern California rivals.
The Warriors (31-22) are hoping to start a strong late-season push to the playoffs for the second straight year. The rebuilding Kings (18-35) are simply hoping to finish strong as they wrap up an eighth straight losing season.