Warriors News: GSW Have No Plans to Rest DeMarcus Cousins During Back-to-Backs

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2019

Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins (0) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Now that he has made his full return to the court, the Golden State Warriors don't expect to rest DeMarcus Cousins on the second half of back-to-backs.

According to Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, Cousins said he "felt good" after playing 15 minutes in Friday's 112-94 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, per the Mercury News' Mark Medina.

Cousins finished with 14 points, six rebounds and three assists in his Warriors debut. His night ended early when he picked up his sixth foul with eight minutes, 51 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

Although Kerr said he wasn't going to have a set minutes restriction on Cousins, he indicated he was going to be deliberate with how he worked the four-time All-Star into the team's rotation.

"There's no minutes restriction, but we're going to play him in short bursts," Kerr told reporters before the Clippers game. "He's coming off a yearlong absence from a major injury. So you can't overstate what this guy is coming back from."

Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported Cousins had sought to return much earlier than Friday but that the Warriors would've limited him to 10 minutes of action. Instead, Cousins waited and thus received a wider berth from the team in terms of his playing time.

Considering the 2018-19 season has already surpassed the halfway mark, the fact Golden State is willing to play Cousins every night is great for both him and the team as the Warriors look ahead to their pursuit of a fourth NBA title in five years.

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