Apr 13, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) reacts after being called for a technical foul during the fourth quarter of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-103. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarcus Cousins out for Team USA against Brazil due to injury

After Indiana Pacers star Paul George went down with a season ending injury during Team USA’s scrimmage in Las Vegas, concern about player safety was all the rage.

From fans, pundits and even NBA franchises themselves, talk of injury during international competition surrounded the water cooler and it’s not likely to quit after DeMarcus Cousins went down with injury on Thursday.

Thankfully, the hope is that DeMarcus Cousins (who is currently being sent for a precautionary MRI) will have avoided any serious injury as he was walking from the arena without assistance. However, he did need the help of trainers after suffering the injury and was seen giving great care to his leg, understandably.

The injury will have an impact on his on-court game though as Team USA will not allow DeMarcus Cousins to play against Brazil this weekend.

It’s not known if that will impact his chances to make the final Team USA roster, though it certainly opens the door for talent like Andre Drummond who is a threat to take Cousins’ spot.

Sad as it would be to see Cousins left off the team, especially given how badly he wants the spot, it’s more important that he’s healthy and ready for the upcoming season.

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