Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, still recovering from a knee injury suffered during a Team USA practice last Thursday, said he’s 50-50 to appear in Wednesday’s game versus the Dominican Republic.
DeMarcus Cousins says he is 50-50 to play for Team USA tomorrow vs. Dominican Republic. Coach K said probability is higher.
— Chris Sheridan (@sheridanhoops) August 19, 2014
Cousins practiced on Tuesday without issues, which figures to increase the chances he gives it a go on Wednesday.
— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 19, 2014
Cousins injured his right knee when he and center Anthony Davis dove for a ball and Davis landed on Cousins. An MRI revealed no structural damage, but Cousins was still be forced to sit out Team USA’s exhibition game versus Brazil on Saturday.
It will be important for Cousins’ sake that he plays on Wednesday. He is currently fighting for a FIBA World Cup roster spot with Mason Plumlee and Andre Drummond. ESPN’s Marc Stein speculates coach Mike Krzyzewski will bring two centers to the tournament, which certainly bodes well for Cousins’ chances.
Cousins averaged 22.7 points (49.6 percent shooting from the floor and 72.6 percent shooting from the foul line) and 11.7 rebounds per game this past season.
The World Cup is set to begin August 30 in Spain. Team USA will enter the tournament as the favorites to win it all.