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Report: DeMarcus Cousins is expecting to play for Team USA Wednesday

Aug 17, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

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DeMarcus Cousins sat out of Team USA’s win over Brazil on Saturday, after leaving practice earlier in the week with a knee injury.

Cousins said pretty quickly that he would be fine, and an MRI confirmed that there was no structural damage.

He felt immediate improvement in the knee the very next day, and things seem to be progressing to the point where he’s already declaring that he;ll be ready to go in time for USA Basketball’s next exhibition game, which will take place in New York next week.

From Sean Cunningham of News10.net:

According to a source, who spoke to News10 on the condition of anonymity since they were not allowed to speak publicly, Cousins is expecting to play on Wednesday in New York in a friendly against the Dominican Republic.

If he can return that quickly, then this is good news for Cousins and his chances of making the final 12-man roster — although nothing is guaranteed.

Mike Krzyzewski opted to go with smaller lineups in the exhibition against Brazil, starting Kenneth Faried alongside Derrick Rose, James Harden, Stephen Curry and Anthony Davis, while choosing to let Andre Drummond, Gordon Hayward and DeMar DeRozan all sit at the end of the bench without playing at all.

The speed and athleticism destroyed Brazil in stretches, and they have above average big men in Nene and Anderson Varejao who theoretically could have warranted playing more of the team’s bigs.

Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports reports that Jerry Colangelo may choose to bring 13 players to Spain, and make the final roster cut the day prior to the start of the FIBA World Cup on August 30. That would seem like an unnecessarily cruel way to conduct business, but if that’s how things end up playing out, it’s better for Cousins to return as soon as possible to try to build his case.

  1. saint1997 - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Plain and simple they need DMC, especially with the Spanish frontline of Gasols and Ibaka. The Spanish can play a slowed down game with Calderon and Rubio, both very heady PGs, and when they play that game the Americans need to be able to defend and score out of the low block

  2. chichi78 - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Coach K and Colangelo better not get cute and take Plumlee. We needed a good 4th qtr to pull away from Brazil. Bring DMC and Drummond makes a heck of a lot more sense, especially against a team like Spain because they can bully weaker bigs. To not bring two of the leagues best offensive rebounders would be a crime.

  3. muhangis - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:10 AM

    ^ I think you said it right.. Coach K and Colangelo simply trying to get too cute (and favortism/bias.)

    Take the head-and-shoulder above best player(s) !! I mean, they deserve it most don’t they?

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