Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins warms up before facing the Denver Nuggets in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – John Wall hung out at the home of his friend and old college roomate DeMarcus Cousins for about five hours on Monday night in Sacramento. They watched the Clippers game, played with Cousins’s pit bulls, cracked jokes and talked trash.

“Typical things like we did at Kentucky, just we’ve got a little more money and we got bigger houses now,” Wall said with a laugh.

But through all of the fun, Cousins let Wall know that he wasn’t going to cut his friend any slack when the Kings host the Wizards at Sleep Train Arena. Cousins sat out Sacramento’s previous game on Sunday against Minnesota with tendinitis in his right knee but he was ready to play spoiler to Wall’s pursuit of a better seed in the Eastern Conference standings.

“He gon’ play. He’s going to give it a go,” Wall said. “You know he want to win. He don’t want us to win. I’m like, we pushing for a playoff seed and trying to get homecourt advantage.”

Cousins has another reason to come out energized against the Wizards after being limited to 14 points on 3 of 16 shooting in Washington’s 93-84 victory on Feb. 9. “He didn’t play too good,” Wall said.

Marcin Gortat and Nene combined to fluster Cousins, using their length and physicality to wear him down. Nene isn’t around, leaving most of the responsibility on Gortat, who said, “At the end of the day, it’s about the team defense.”

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