DeMarcus Cousins out vs. Heat
Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins will sit out Wednesday against the Miami Heat, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell. The team listed him as out with load management and careful recovery from his Achilles injury, as the Warriors face a back-to-back, facing the Orlando Magic on Thursday.
Head coach Steve Kerr had already announced he would be giving some of his players some rest down the stretch and Cousins seemed like a likely choice to sit out a game or two, given the fragility of his injury, which sidelined him nearly a full year.
The new Warriors center had perhaps his best game in the uniform, putting up 24 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, a steal and three blocks against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday, shooting a strong 9-of-15 from the floor.
Golden State is hoping to make the most of the next month-and-a-half, while giving Cousins plenty of time to catch his wind and progress with his full recovery, hoping the game repetition and the rest combine for a healthy entrance to the postseason, when the Warriors will need him most.
The ninth-year center is putting up a strong 14.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game after the best season of his career with the New Orleans Pelicans, slowly acclimating himself to his new All-Star surroundings.