DeMarcus Cousins will not play tonight when the Golden State Warriors play the Miami Heat. The four-time All-Star center will rest for precautionary reasons, as the team is playing the first night of a back-to-back.
DeMarcus Cousins will not play in Miami tonight. Warriors opting not to play him both nights of back-to-back. They play in Orlando tomorrow.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 27, 2019
This is just the second game that Cousins has rested for since debuting in the lineup on January 18. However, he has yet to play a back-to-back this season. The Warriors have four more back-to-backs this season, so it’s safe to say that Cousins will rest for a few more games, to keep from aggravating the Achilles injury that sidelined him for nearly a year.
By resting on Wednesday, Cousins will be set up for an All-Star matchup against center Nikola Vucevic when the Warriors face the Orlando Magic on Thursday.
In 14 games this year, Cousins is averaging 14.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 1.3 steals per game, in 24.4 minutes per contest. He has had a double-double in four consecutive games.