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

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIFebruary 12, 2014

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Updates from Saturday, Feb. 22

Cowblell Kingdom's James Ham reports that Cousins is returning to the lineup:

Updates from Wednesday, Feb. 18

Jonathan Santiago of and Rusty Simmons of The San Francisco Chronicle have the latest on DeMarcus Cousins' status for tonight against the Warriors:

Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 18

957 The Game's John Dickinson has an update on Cousins' status entering Wednesday's game:

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Sacramento Kings star center DeMarcus Cousins didn't return to Wednesday's 106-101 overtime victory over the New York Knicks after suffering a strained left hip flexor in the second half.

Cowbell Kingdom's James Ham reported the news as the contest came down to the wire in overtime at Madison Square Garden:

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:

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.