Updates from Saturday, Feb. 22
Cowblell Kingdom's James Ham reports that Cousins is returning to the lineup:
I am hearing that DeMarcus Cousins (strained left hip flexor) is back tonight for Sacramento when the Kings take on the Celtics.— James Ham (@James_Ham) February 23, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Feb. 18
DeMarcus Cousins is out tonight vs. the Warriors. Malone hasn't decided on who will start for him b/w Carl Landry & Aaron Gray yet.— Jonathan Santiago (@itsjonsantiago) February 20, 2014
Michael Malone said Thomas, McLemore, Gay and Thompson will start vs. the Warriors. He hasn't decided how to replace Cousins (hip).— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) February 20, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 18
957 The Game's John Dickinson has an update on Cousins' status entering Wednesday's game:
Cowbell Kingdom's James Ham reported the news as the contest came down to the wire in overtime at Madison Square Garden:
DeMarcus Cousins is out for the remainder of the game with a strained left hip flexor.— James Ham (@James_Ham) February 13, 2014
Underneath the bright lights of the storied venue, Cousins had a stellar performance when he was in, logging 33 minutes and putting up 19 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot.
It was impressive that the Kings were still able to win even without Cousins for the big minutes.
Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee weighed in on the situation:
The concern is how long will DeMarcus Cousins be out, if at all after the break.— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) February 13, 2014
Many have labeled Cousins as an All-Star snub because he's had a strong 2013-14 campaign in averaging 22.6 points and 11.7 rebounds per contest entering Wednesday's tangle with the Knicks. Part of it may be his reputed volatile temperament, but the other element that has overshadowed his standout play is the fact that Sacramento hasn't been winning much since selecting him No. 5 overall in the 2010 draft.
Hopefully the unique, skilled big man can return to the hardwood without much time away. Cousins recently missed six full games with a sprained ankle.