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DeMarcus Cousins leaves game with sprained ankle, X-rays negative

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The Sacramento Kings are 19-20 in games DeMarcus Cousins plays (including a couple he had to leave early due to injury). They are 1-7 when he is out. Put more bluntly, the Kings are a playoff team when Cousins plays, they are a mess without him.

Which is why when Cousins’ left the eventual loss to Memphis late in the fourth quarter, Kings fans held their breath. Good news eventually followed — X-rays were negative. Cousins is now officially listed as day-to-day.

The Kings are home against the Bucks Monday and the Bulls Wednesday.

The injury happened when Memphis’ Marc Gasol dove for a loose ball and rolled up on Cousin’s leg. After the game, Kings’ coach Karl said the injury cut short the Kings’ comeback bid in an eventual 121-117 loss.

Cousins is an All-Star averaging 27 points and 11.3 rebounds a game for the Kings.

Wizards’ Randy Wittman coached Saturday despite death of brother

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Washington picked up a physical, hard-fought win against Houston Saturday night — the kind of win they need if the Wizards plan to climb back into the playoff race in the East.

Wizards’ coach Randy Wittman coached that game just hours after learning that his older brother had died.

From J. Michael at CSNMidAtlantic.com.

“Tough day,” said Wittman, who also endured the death of his coaching mentor, Flip Saunders, when he passed away suddenly earlier this season. “But he was here. He watched every game in a La-Z-Boy and he’s up in heaven watching it in a La-Z-Boy.

“Tough day but I’m proud of our guys. They fought tooth and nail for 48 minutes. Not every call went our way. Not every play was executed right but they fought and flew around for 48 minutes and came away with a win. I can’t be more proud of them and proud of my brother.”

Our thoughts are with the Wittman family in these tough times.

Kyrie Irving was scoring with his left hand all over Spurs (VIDEO)

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Call it a statement, call it the Cavaliers getting closer to their true selves, whatever you call it they picked up an important win 117-103 over the Spurs Saturday night on national television.

One key reason — Kyrie Irving‘s left hand.

He had 21 on the night, but picked up some key buckets with his handles and finishing with the left.

Watch Jrue Holiday’s game winner for Pelicans to beat Nets

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The New Orleans Pelicans have won five-of-six, which not coincidentally has happened just as Jrue Holiday has gotten healthy and played his best ball of the season.

Including hitting this game winner against Brooklyn Saturday night.

The Nets defended this well, Thomas Robinson switched onto him off the pick and didn’t allow him a driving lane, and after a stumble with the ball Holiday had to take a leaning 19-footer over his arms. But it’s a make-or-miss league, and that’s a make.

Holiday had 26 points off the bench in the 105-103 win, Ryan Anderson added 24. Brook Lopez had 33 for Brooklyn.

Suns’ Archie Goodwin dunks on Kristaps Porzingis, gets taunting foul

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Archie Goodwin has been throwing down some dunks lately, plus hitting big shots for Phoenix.

But this was his best dunk yet — I love that the 6’5″ Goodwin went right at the 7’3″ Kristaps Porzingis and threw it down on him. That’s confidence.

Goodwin was given a taunting technical after that. Personally, I don’t think he deserved that — let the guys show a little emotion.

Carmelo Anthony hit the technical, and the Knicks cruised to a 102-84 win.