Cousins says he's 50-50 to play Wednesday, Rose sits out practice

By James Herbert | NBA writer

DeMarcus Cousins is competing for a spot on Team USA.  (USATSI)
DeMarcus Cousins is competing for a spot on Team USA. (USATSI)

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After practicing in full of Tuesday, Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins said he was 50-50 to play in Team USA's game against the Dominican Republic on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

A previous report indicated that Cousins expected to play, as there was no structural damage after banging his knee against a teammate's in practice last week.

The game in New York could be important for Cousins' chances of making the team that will travel to Spain for the FIBA World Cup at the end of the month. He's competing with the Brooklyn Nets' Mason Plumlee and the Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond to back up the New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis at center. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told ESPN's Marc Stein that the 16-man roster could be trimmed to 12 or 13 as soon as Thursday.

Meanwhile, it looks like Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose is going to get some more time off after sitting out Team USA's practice at West Point on Monday. It's likely no big deal, though:

Rose is working his way back from a torn meniscus, so it makes sense to give him a bit of rest here and there, especially with the grueling schedule coming up in Spain. He's considered a lock for the World Cup, and if he doesn't start -- or doesn't play at all -- against the Dominican Republic, it'd give some of the other guards a chance to make a case for themselves.

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