The Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns are already two of the worst teams in the Western Conference, but they could struggle even more as question marks surround a key frontline player for each.
While it's unclear how long DeMarcus Cousins will be on the court for the Kings, the Suns aren't sure Marcin Gortat will make it on the floor at all as they visit northern California on Friday night.
The Kings (21-42), at the bottom of the West and a game behind Phoenix (21-40), have lost nine of 11 and may have trouble slowing their skid if they can't figure out their issues with Cousins. The third-year center was averaging 18.5 points, 10.6 rebounds and 33.2 minutes during the New Year before getting his playing time cut over the past five games.
That stretch has seen Cousins average 9.8 points on 30.9 percent shooting and 7.8 boards, playing less than 24 minutes in four of those contests.
"You kind of expect anything here," Cousins said when asked if he was surprised about his minutes....