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DeMarcus Cousins is expected to return tonight

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Boogie is likely back, against a formidable opponent.

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DeMarcus Cousins is expected to return tonight when the Golden State Warriors host the Indiana Pacers. The four-time All-Star was back on the court at Thursday’s shootaround, and while the team has not officially announced the center’s status, coach Steve Kerr said on Tuesday that he expects Cousins to be back against Indy.

Cousins returning is a sign of the Warriors dodging a bullet. Boogie left Saturday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder with right foot soreness, and the entire organization held their breath.

But his MRI came back clean, and he rested on Monday and Tuesday, primarily for precautionary reasons.

His return could go a long way tonight. The Pacers have not one, but two high quality centers on their roster, with Myles Turner starting and Domantas Sabonis coming off the bench.

Golden State will need all the help they get defending those two, who are combining to average 27.5 points, 16.2 rebounds, and 3.2 blocks per game.

With Cousins presumably back, the Warriors can throw whatever matchup they like at Indy’s frontcourt. Cousins, Andrew Bogut, and Kevon Looney will all be available.

The Warriors and Pacers play at 7:30 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Bay Area.