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DeMarcus Cousins To Make Team USA Return

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Cousins2Center for the Sacramento Kings, DeMarcus Cousins, did not play in Team USA’s Saturday 95-78 win over the Brazilian National Team in order to provide his injured knee extra time to rest, but Cousins fully expects to be back in action for Wednesday’s game against the Dominican Republic.

Cousins had to leave practice early last Wednesday when he came down awkwardly and injured his knee but, luckily for Cousins and Team USA, an MRI performed on the injured knee showed no signs of any structural damage.

The injury to the knee doesn’t appear as though it will affect Cousins’ chances to make the team, but his performance in Wednesday’s game against the Dominican Republic, and Friday’s game against Puerto Rico, both of which are set to take place in Madison Square Garden, could be determining factors of if he makes the team.

There are currently 16 players remaining on the Team USA roster, a number that must be trimmed to 12 before the beginning of the FIBA World Cup, which starts August 30th in Spain, and as it stands right now, the starting center will be New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis.

Cousins, along with Mason Plumlee and Andre Drummond, are all competing for a spot on the roster to serve as the primary backup for Davis in the upcoming international competition.

Regardless of whether or not Cousins makes the team, the fact that he will be playing Wednesday is a sure sign that injury was truly not severe, and that he will be ready to compete either in the FIBA World Cup, or in training camp with the Kings. After the horrific leg fracture suffered by Indiana Pacers swingman Paul George, it’s good that another player didn’t get a severe injury in an attempt to represent their country.

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