Cousins had 14 points (5-11 FG, 3-4 3PT, 1-2 FT) and six rebounds before fouling out in 15 minutes of action Friday against the Clippers.
In his first game with the Warriors, Cousins showed no restraint and was aggressive on both ends, as he attempted 11 shots in limited action. The big man hit back-to-back threes at one point in the second half, and his presence should do wonders for the Warriors' already-elite perimeter spacing. Cousins also tacked on three assists, a steal and a block.
Cousins (Achilles) has officially been removed from the injury report and will start Friday's game against the Clippers, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
Cousins is set to step on an NBA court for the first time since he tore his Achilles on Jan. 26 of last year against the Rockets. He's been rehabbing since, and Cousins will now debut for the Warriors in Los Angeles. He reportedly won't have a minutes restriction, but will play in short bursts. It's possible he role with the Warriors grows when he gets increasingly comfortable with the system and basketball in general after the extended absence.
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.
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