DeMarcus Cousins Injury: Updates on Kings Star's Ankle and Return

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIJanuary 22, 2014

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Updates from Monday, Feb. 3

James Ham of has the latest on DeMarcus Cousins' status, saying the Kings star will return to the lineup tonight for Sacramento.

Updates from Saturday, Feb. 1

Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-Newsreports DeMarcus Cousins is out of the lineup again tonight:

Updates from Friday, Jan. 31

Earl K. Sneed of reports DeMarcus Cousins will not play vs. the Mavs tonight:

Updates From Thursday, Jan. 30

Jason Jones of reports that Cousins could play very soon:

Updates From Wednesday, Jan. 29

Jason Jones of reports on DeMarcus Cousins' status for tonight's game against Memphis:

Updates From Saturday, Jan. 25

According to Sean Cunningham of News 10 Sacramento, Cousins is unlikely for Sunday's game against the Nuggets:


Updates from Thursday, Jan. 23

News 10 Sacramento's Sean Cunningham reports DeMarcus Cousins' MRI revealed a sprain:

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Sacramento Kings star center DeMarcus Cousins was the second big-name player on his team to leave Wednesday, Jan. 22's game against the Houston Rockets when he injured his left ankle.

Cousins was attacking the basket when he took an awkward step and badly rolled the ankle. The 23-year-old was fouled on the play but couldn't stay in the game to shoot the free throws.

According to the Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones, who reported that Cousins had to be escorted off the Toyota Center floor, Rockets guard Patrick Beverley was assessed a technical foul for standing over the ailing Cousins:

James Ham of provided an update after the game: 

In just nine minutes of action, Cousins managed two points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. Unfortunately, his exit signaled the end of an impressive 15-game double-double streak, per Ham:

Rudy Gay also left the contest in Houston with a left Achilles injury, per the Kings' official Twitter account:

If both of these standouts miss any extended period of time, the already-struggling squad is likely to fall even further in the Western Conference standings.

Cousins was averaging 23.1 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per contest in 39 games this season before going down on Wednesday.