Cousins is questionable for Sunday's tilt against the Nuggets with a right ankle sprain.
It's unclear when Cousins suffered the injury, but it's apparently serious enough to put his status for Sunday's matchup into question. The Pelicans will likely update Cousins' status after Sunday morning's shootaround, giving us a better idea of whether or not he will be good to go. If he happens to miss Sunday's tilt, any number of the Pelicans available forwards and centers could see additional workload.
Cousins exploded for 41 points (14-27 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 8-9 FT) to go along with 17 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and two steals across 37 minutes during Tuesday's 95-82 win over the Grizzles.
Cousins shined brightest in a contest that featured several prominent big-men, notching his highest scoring output since joining the Pelicans thanks to excellent shooting numbers, particularly from long range and at the foul line. He also came through with his second-best rebounding performance since the trade while contributing multiple steals and multiple blocks for just the second time. Cousins' production has been a big more volatile of late but this is certainly a positive development in his quest to assimilate.
Cousins scored 15 points (7-14 FG, 1-5 3Pt) while adding 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals in 31 minutes during Sunday's 123-109 win over the Timberwolves.
After missing Friday's game with a couple of nagging injuries, Cousins returned to the lineup and posted his first double-double in four games. The Pelicans are starting to figure out how to make their new frontcourt-heavy lineup work and have won three of their last four with Cousins in the lineup, but that success may be coming at the expense of his production, as he's averaging only 16,8 points, 8.3 boards, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals over that stretch.
Cousins (knee/ribs) is starting Sunday's game against the Timberwolves.
Cousins sat out Friday's game against the Rockets after previously taking a knee to the mid-section, but it's nothing too serious and he's set to play through any lingering soreness. He'll rejoin the starting five and should play without restrictions, which sends Dante Cunningham into a lesser role off the bench in the corresponding move.
Cousins (knee/ribs) said he expects to play Sunday against the Timberwolves, Justin Verrier of ESPN.com reports.
Cousins was held out of action in Friday's win over the Rockets after taking a knee to the stomach during Wednesday's loss to the Heat, and while he's still dealing with soreness, the All-Star doesn't expect to miss further time. Assuming that's the case, Cousins would likely push Dante Cunningham, who played 39 minutes Friday, back to a lower-minute role off the bench.
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