DeMarcus Cousins during his January debut with the Golden State Warriors (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

Cousins to return against Pacers

DeMarcus Cousins will play for Golden State Warriors against Indiana Pacers

OAKLAND — After missing two games with an ankle injury, Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins will play tonight against the Indiana Pacers Thursday night at Oracle Arena, the team announced on Thursday.

Cousins was getting up shots with teammates during morning shootaround, and looked to be moving around well.

Cousins sat out for the final 7:01 of the Warriors’ 110-88 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday because of soreness in his right ankle, which is not the same one which underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon in January of 2018.

Head coach Steve Kerr said that Cousins had “just tweaked” the ankle, and he eventually got a precautionary MRI on Monday. The scan came back clean, but Cousins missed a 111-105 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, in which Andrew Bogut made his return to the NBA, and then a 117-107 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

In 21 games since returning from his nearly-12-month-long rehab of the torn Achilles, Cousins is averaging 15.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 1.5 blocks and 3.6 assists per game while shooting 46.6 percent from the field in 25.8 minutes per night. Over his last seven games, in 28.6 minutes, he’s shot 51.1 percent from the field, averaged 7.9 boards, 3.9 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.7 blocks and 17.3 points.

Cousins’ return likely means shorter minutes for Bogut, who was expected to make his 2019 debut on Thursday before being called out to San Antonio when Cousins went down. Bogut, though, was brought in with the express purpose of being able to sub in as a defensive specialist, and to step in for Cousins should he get into foul trouble, or be otherwise unavailable.

Golden State tips off with the Pacers — who they blasted 132-100 on Jan. 28 — at 7:30.

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