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DeMarcus Cousins practices with team USA Tuesday, says he’s 50-50 for Wednesday game


When DeMarcus Cousins and Kenneth Faried banged knees in Chicago, all of USA Basketball held its breath. As did a couple GMs. The program didn’t need another serious injury to a rising young NBA star.

Fortunately it turned out not to be much. Cousins sat out the USA’s exhibition win over Brazil Saturday and a couple days of practice, but he was back at it full speed on Tuesday practicing with the team in New York, reports John Schuhmann of This was a short practice but included a scrimmage.

Cousins is expected to play Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden when Team USA takes on the Dominican Republic (without Al Horford) in a FIBA World Cup tune up, however Cousins downplayed his chances, reports Chris Sheridan.

If you want more proof Cousins was out practicing…

One other note: Derrick Rose did not go through a full practice on Tuesday and he may not start on Wednesday night. When he missed Tuesday’s practice it was deemed precautionary, and that may still be going on here, but this is something to watch.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.