Kings center DeMarcus Cousins will create challenges for the Magic

Orlando Sentinel

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — This isn’t the optimal time for the Orlando Magic to play the Sacramento Kings.

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins can wreak havoc on an opposing team at any time, but the Magic will be especially vulnerable when the teams face off tonight at Sleep Train Arena. Orlando’s starting center, Nik Vucevic, will miss his second game in a row because of a concussion.

Cousins is averaging 23.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game this season, and the task of guarding him likely will fall on Glen Davis, Jason Maxiell or Kyle O’Quinn.

“He’s a load,” Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said after his team completed its shootaround moments ago.

“If you watch just the simple possessions in the game of just a free-throw line box-out, Glen’s got to box him out in that situation,” Vaughn said. “His ability to shoot the basketball [is impressive].”

On Dec. 21, the Kings beat the Magic 105-100 at Amway Center.

Cousins was relatively inefficient offensively, scoring 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting and turning the ball over four times. But Cousins also pulled down 11 rebounds and blocked two shots.

Josh Robbins covers the Orlando Magic and the NBA for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via e-mail at and connect with him on Facebook at Follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaBRobbins.

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