Reports: DeMarcus Cousins injured in Team USA scrimmage

Thursday August 14th, 2014

Sacremento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins sustained a leg injury during a Team USA scrimmage Thursday and limped off the court, according to multiple reports

Jerry Colangelo said Cousins will get a "precautionary MRI" and won't play in Saturday's exhibition versus Brazil in Chicago, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports. 

Cousins went down in the first two minutes of the scrimmage and had to be helped off the court. It was not immediately clear how serious the injury was. 

More: What will Team USA's frontcourt look like without Kevin Durant?

Team USA's front line is already thin: All-Stars Blake Griffin and Kevin Love pulled out shortly before training camp, projected starter Paul George suffered a traumatic leg injury during an intrasquad scrimmage in Las Vegas, and league MVP Kevin Durant withdrew from the team citing exhaustion.

The team's remaining forwards are Anthony Davis, Kenneth Faried, Mason Plumlee and Andre Drummond, none of whom have more than three years of NBA experience. 

It was previously reported that the second-year Plumlee was likely to make the team over Cousins, though after George's injury and Durant's withdrawal, Cousins was more likely to make the team. 

Watch: Stephen Curry on Team USA's mission in the FIBA World Cup

Following Durant's withdrawal, Team USA added Rudy Gay, who can play power forward in small lineups, to the roster. 

- Alex Hampl


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