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Report: DeMarcus Cousins out at least two games with Achilles strain

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DeMarcus Cousins left the Kings’ eventual loss to the Clippers Saturday night with a sore Achilles, which meant an MRI on Sunday. Here are the official results of that MRI, from the Kings’ press release:

An MRI conducted this afternoon at Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento revealed that Kings center DeMarcus Cousins sustained a right Achilles strain during the second quarter of last night’s game against the L.A. Clippers at the STAPLES Center. Cousins is listed as day-to-day going forward.

However, our old friend Bill Herenda of KFBK AM Sports in Sacramento got more concrete details from his sources.

The Kings have a rough four-games-in-five-nights this week. It starts with back-to-back Tuesday and Wednesday, hosting the Grizzlies then at the Suns. After resting Thursday, the Kings host the Rockets then the Warriors Friday and Saturday.

That’s a tough stretch with your best player, but the Kings were 6-17 without Cousins last season and struggled without him against the Clippers on Saturday. This could be a rough week for the Kings.

Duncan, Parker, Ginobili now winningest trio in NBA history at 541

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More than Magic, Kareem, and Worthy. More than Bird, McHale, and Parish. More than Jordan, Pippen, and Grant. More than Russell, Cousey, and Jones. More than Mullin, Richmond, and Hardaway.

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili have won more NBA games as a trio than any of them.

Sunday’s 95-87 road win for the Spurs fittingly came in Boston. It was victory number 541 for the Spurs trio, moving them past the Boston legends Robert Parish, Larry Bird and Kevin McHale on the all-time list. The Spurs trio also has four titles with the three of them playing together (Duncan has a fifth from before those two arrived in San Antonio).

Ginobili had 13 in the game, Parker 10 and Duncan 7. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 24. The Spurs won, so you can bet Duncan isn’t worried about the stats.

They should go down as the greatest trio of all time — not just for the wins and titles, but the sustained level of excellence (winning 50 games every year they played together) and adapting their style of play with the league through that time. Gregg Popovich certainly deserves credit in there, too, but he’ll be the first to tell you what he preaches is meaningless if Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili were not so good and bought into what he sold.

The Spurs Twitter account congratulated the trio this way.

Chandler Parsons active, expected to play limited minutes Sunday

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LOS ANGELES — Chandler Parsons is listed as active and is expected to make his season debut Sunday night against the Lakers at Staples Center.

“If he plays it will be limited,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said pregame, being coy with the media as coaches like to do. “Limited to the first half. This is the beginning of a process.”

Parsons is a versatile small forward who is central to what the Mavericks want to do, but his season was cut short last year by a knee surgery, and he is just now ready to take the court again. Parsons can shoot the three, has a great shot fake, can put the ball on the floor, and is a solid wing defender. If the Mavs are going to get into playoff contention they need him.

Deron Williams, who suffered a mild knee sprain last game, started for the Mavericks.

Bulls’ Hinrich sidelined by sore toe

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CHICAGO (AP) — Kirk Hinrich will miss the Chicago Bulls’ game Sunday night against the Orlando Magic because of a sore toe.

Kirk’s going to sit out tonight, he’s just got a little bit of an issue with his toe,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “I don’t think it’s anything serious, but he’s pretty sore today.”

The 34-year-old Hinrich has only played 5 minutes in one of the Bulls’ first three games so far this season, finishing with one assist in a victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

Quote of the Day: Popovich gave it his all in recruiting Aldridge

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“I was there. I spoke. I begged. I got on my knees. I offered my children. Things like that.”

—Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, when asked if he was involved in the recruiting of LaMarcus Aldridge this summer. Via Jeff McDonald of the Express-News. It’s funnier if you read it in a Popovich deadpan voice.

Popovich was more involved in bringing in Aldridge — who along with Kawhi Leonard is the future of the Spurs — than he has been in any other free agent recruiting process. He met with Aldridge not once but twice, talking basketball, philosophy, and how he planned to use the All-Star forward.

He also promised Aldridge he’d be a focal point of the ensemble attack the Spurs run. Through two games, Aldridge is averaging 11.5 shot attempts per game, down more than eight shot attempts a game than he got last season. If those numbers continue, we’ll see if that bubbles up as an issue or if Aldridge has fully bought into the Spurs’ way.