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Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins will start when he returns from injury

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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr says DeMarcus Cousins will start for the team at center when he makes his season debut.

Cousins will reportedly make his much-anticipated Warriors debut on Jan. 18 against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. The All-Star big man tore his left Achilles tendon last year while playing with the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Warriors have been starting Kevin Looney at the center position. Looney will come off the bench and back up Cousins.

There will clearly be a minutes restriction on Cousins. Achilles injuries are believed to be one of the toughest surgeries in sports to come back from. Golden State has been cautious with Boogie’s recovery program since the beginning, so there’s no reason to stop playing it safe now.

DeMarcus Cousins played in 48 games with the Pelicans last season. The four-time All-Star averaged 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds per game while shooting 47.0 percent overall, 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free-throw line. It’s going to take some time for Boogie to develop a rhythm and knock off the rust, but he’s playing for the Warriors, so he has the luxury of being able to take it easy when he steps on the floor for the first time.

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