Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins didn’t play Sunday when the team completed its seven-game road trip in Minnesota, but he is probable for Tuesday night’s return to Sleep Train Arena against the Washington Wizards.
Cousins is listed as day-to-day with tendinitis in his right- knee, but coach Michael Malone told the Sacramento Bee it was more about rest than a specific injury.
“He needs a night off,” Malone said. (h/t CSNWashington.com). “He’s been working his butt off the whole year, so it gives us an opportunity for some of these other guys to play and gives DeMarcus a chance to rest his body after a very long trip. Just a decision to give him some well-deserved rest. His body is pretty beat up.”
Aaron Gray started Sunday night in Cousins’ place as Sacramento fell to 0-10 without Cousins in the starting five.
In 57 games this season, Cousins is averaging career highs of 22.2 points, 11.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. His 32.2 minutes per game is also the most of his career, as is his 48.7 percent shooting from the field.
The fourth-year center is sixth in the NBA in player efficiency rating with a mark of 25.5 (the average for an NBA player is 15.0) and he leads the league by getting 30.5 percent of the available defensive rebounds when he’s on the floor.
Cousins was the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft out of Kentucky and was signed to a four-year extension in September 2013 that keeps him under contract through the 2017-18 season.