Barring any setbacks over the next few days, Cousins will be sporting a Warriors' uniform Friday in Los Angeles. Head coach Steve Kerr has already said that Cousins will be in the starting lineup once he is cleared to play, so Kevon Looney will remain the starter for Golden State's next two games before taking a role off the bench Friday. Cousins, however, will likely be somewhat limited in his return given his lengthy absence.
Head coach Steve Kerr said Thursday that Cousins (Achilles) will be in the starting lineup once he is cleared to play, Logan Murdock of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Currently, the target date for Cousins' return from a torn Achilles is Jan. 18 against the Clippers, and Kerr will waste no time having the big man become a key part of the defending champions. Despite starting, it's still likely that Cousins is placed on a minutes restriction in his first few games back considering that it will have been nearly a year since he last took the court. Regardless, once Cousins does make his Warriors debut, look for the fantasy value of mainly Kevon Looney and Jonas Jerebko to steadily dwindle as they see less and less minutes in the frontcourt.
Cousins (Achilles) is expected to make his season debut Jan. 18 against the Clippers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
The Warriors have been mum on a timeline for Cousins to make his team debut, but Charania's report suggests he's approaching the finish line in his recovery from the torn left Achilles' tendon he sustained in late January of 2018. He's recently ramped up his activity, which included multiple full practices over the last few days. It's not immediately clear what sort of role he'll occupy if he ends up debuting next week, but chances are he'll be eased into game action with lighter minutes right off the bat. Cousins' imminent return represents a negative development for the fantasy values of Kevon Looney and Jonas Jerebko.
Signs have been trending towards Cousins making a return relatively soon, as he practiced in full with Golden State on Wednesday. More concrete information on Cousins' status is bound to arrive when the Warriors' LA road trip nears. For now, it seems safe to assume the big man will make his season debut in late January.
Cousins (achilles) was a full participant at practice Wednesday, Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Cousins, who hasn't played in almost a year due to recovering from a torn achilles, has suddenly ramped up his participation in basketball-related activities, making his awaited return seem fairly close. The Kentucky product still remains without a firm timetable however. When he returns to action, Cousins will presumably take over the starting center role for the Warriors.
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