DeMarcus Cousins expects to play on Sunday night, when the New Orleans Pelicans face the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to ESPN’s Justin Verrier. The team is officially listing him as questionable after suffering left knee soreness and a right rib contusion.
“I got kneed by a black belt,” Cousins said jokingly after the fact.
Ironically enough, New Orleans is 2-0 without Boogie in the lineup, since first acquiring him on Feb. 17 following the All-Star Game. The Pelicans have struggled to incorporate the big man into the mix, often struggling to find fluidity within the offense with him and Anthony Davis manning the frontcourt.
Sunday’s game is pivotal for the franchise’s playoff chances, as a win can leapfrog them half a game ahead of the Wolves and put them a little closer to sniffing the eighth seed in the West.
The Pelicans are a mere 5-7 since adding Cousins to the lineup — a trend that will have to change if the team hopes to keep their playoff hopes alive moving forward.