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

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIMarch 16, 2014

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Updates from Tuesday, Mar. 18

Washington Post's Michael Lee reports that Cousins will play Tuesday night:

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Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins will not play on Sunday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to the team's public relations department.

Andy Greder from the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Cousins will miss the contest due to knee tendinitis:

In his fourth season with the Kings, Cousins has been having a fantastic year. In 57 games played, he has put up 22.2 points, 11.7 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks per game while shooting 48.7 percent from the field.

But Cousins' success hasn't translated to team success for the Kings. At 23-43, the Kings are at the bottom of the Western Conference alongside the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers, as they continue to try to find a way to become a playoff-caliber team. The Kings signed Cousins to a monster extension back in September, as they will be looking to build a solid team around him.   

Cousins has usually been a pretty healthy player for the Kings, so hopefully this tendinitis isn't too serious. The good news is that with the Kings already well out of the playoff race, Cousins can focus on staying healthy and preparing for next season.