DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks aren't sure if they'll have to contend with forward DeMarcus Cousins when they entertain the Sacramento Kings tonight at 7:30 at American Airlines Center.
Cousins has missed the past four games with a sprained left ankle and traveled with the Kings to Dallas. His status for tonight is unknown, but if he plays he'll likely create an assortment of problems the Mavs have to deal with.
"I'm assuming he's playing,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "And if he does we've got to be ready to throw a bunch of guys at him and have different coverages ready.
"And it heightens the importance of the boards.''
When the Kings beat up the Mavs, 112-97, on Dec. 9 in Sacramento, Cousins delivered 32 points and 19 rebounds. He thoroughly dominated the Mavs as he was 10-of-17 from the field and 12-of-14 from the free throw line, but also committed nine turnovers.
For the season Cousins is 10th in the NBA in scoring (22.6 points per game) and tied for fifth in rebounding (11.6 rebounds per game). Those lofty numbers are worthy of All-Star consideration.
Yet, Cousins is likely in a foul mood right now because the Western Conference coaches did not pick him as one of the seven reserves to play in the upcoming NBA All-Star game.
-- Dwain Price
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