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DeMarcus Cousins is active for Game 1

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He’s back!

Golden State Warriors v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Three Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images

DeMarcus Cousins is back. The four-time All-Star will be active for tonight’s NBA Finals opener between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors.

Until the game starts, Cousins’ playing time will be a mystery. Will he start? Will he play a big role off the bench? Will he be the 13th man, and only come in if there’s garbage time where he can re-establish a rhythm?

Coach Steve Kerr said he had an idea as to how the team would employ Cousins, but wouldn’t share what it was.

Cousins hasn’t played since injuring his quad on April 15. That was just the second game of the playoffs, against the Los Angeles Clippers. It was also just the second playoff game that Cousins had played in his career.

His return should offer a tremendous emotional boost to the Warriors. It also gives them a big and talented body to use against Marc Gasol.