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

Adam WellsFeatured Columnist

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) is helped off the court in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
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Sacramento Kings star DeMarcus Cousins is dealing with a knee injury that forced him to miss Wednesday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. However, he has been cleared to return to the court.

Continue for updates.

Cousins Active vs. Suns

Friday, March 25

The Kings announced Cousins will start against the Phoenix Suns on Friday.

Cousins' Health Key to Kings' Playoff Hopes

Even though Cousins has slowed down since scoring 104 points and grabbing 25 rebounds in a two-game stretch against Indiana and Charlotte, the 25-year-old remains one of the NBA's most valuable assets.

Cousins is ranked 11th overall in's Hollinger player efficiency ratings, including being the third-rated center. He's on the verge of averaging a double-double for the fourth time in five seasons and has expanded his game to include a three-point shot (33.8 percent) this season.

The Kings are fringe playoff contenders this season, but they are likely to surpass 30 wins for the first time since 2007-08. 

Injuries have been a problem for Cousins lately, as he missed 23 games last year and has just hit the 10-game mark this season. He's a dynamic talent who can dazzle when he's on the court, and the Kings are certainly glad to see him back in the lineup.