Team USA dealt with another scary moment earlier today when big man DeMarcus Cousins had a knee-to-knee collision with Anthony Davis while going for a loose ball. It has been reported that the MRI taken on his knee shows no structural damage, and he is officially day-to-day.
Cousins is huge for USA after they already lost Kevin Durant and Paul George in the last week. This was the first practice since George broke his leg trying to block James Harden‘s layup in their scrimmage. This incident may not be major, but it will still raise questions about whether NBA stars should be playing in these exhibitions. Cousins is the major contributor to the Sacramento Kings‘ season, much like George’s role with the Indiana Pacers. Now, we don’t have to worry and he can continue to grow as one of the better big men in the NBA.
It appears as if Cousins will be fine, and this injury will do little to hold him back. Still, all of King’s Nation held their collective breath when they heard he was injured today. The prognosis is the best possible news, even if the whole process was precautionary.
USA was already weak down low, relying on Davis, Cousins and Andre Drummond to hold down the middle. Losing Cousins would only make it worse.
Cousins will sit out the upcoming scrimmage USA has with Brazil. They will see what it would be like to play without Cousins in the games that count. They already knew they were going to play a small-ball type of offense, but this situation may now make that a necessity.