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DeMarcus Cousins is expected to make his highly anticipated debut with the Warriors on Jan. 18, sources tell Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Golden State will play the Clippers in Los Angeles that Friday night and then take on the Lakers two days later at the Staples Center.

Cousins is recovering from the torn Achilles he suffered last season with the Pelicans. He signed a one-year deal with the Warriors with the expectation of hitting the free-agent market again in 2019. The team can only offer him a modest raise on his $5.3 million deal, although reports indicate that Cousins might consider playing on a similar one-year deal during the 2019-20 campaign.

Playing with the Warriors will be different for Cousins. The pace and real title expectations are unlike anything Cousins has seen since he came into the league.

“They play faster than most other teams. It’s not even about the rust. That’s going to be part of the process. I’m aware of that. It’s about having my body in the best shape possible for an NBA game,” Cousins said last month.

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DeMarcus Cousins is stuck in a basketball waiting game. The four-time All-Star has yet to make his Golden State Warriors debut after suffering an Achilles tear just under a year ago, yet he seems to be just about healthy.

On Wednesday, the Warriors star center once again went through a full practice with the team, suggesting that he is doing well physically.

In fact, Boogie is feeling so good, that he’s encouraging his teammates to attack him during scrimmages.

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For the first time since his injury three months ago, New Orleans Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins spoke about his season-ending injury, his recovery and the Pelicans’ historic sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers in the opening round of the playoffs.

Cousins’ season ended Jan. 26 when he ruptured his left Achilles late in the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets.

Since the injury and a subsequent surgery, Cousins has rehabbed in Los Angeles and Las Vegas and recently rejoined the Pelicans for Games 3 and 4 against the Blazers in New Orleans — his first trip to Louisiana since the injury.

The Pelicans lost five of the six games immediately following Cousins’ injury before finishing the regular season 21-13 in the 34 games Cousins missed.

“I mean, that could’ve easily sucked the life out of the team,” Cousins told Fox Sports New Orleans. “You know, they gathered themselves after a couple of games and got everything back on track. I couldn’t be happier for this team.

“We put in so much time together, just preparing ourselves for this season. For it to be taken away at the drop of a dime, it kind of sucks.”

As for his rehab, it’s going much faster than expected, he said.

Cousins, who has posted progress updates on his rehab via his social media platforms since the recovery process began, was walking free of crutches the past week, donning just a walking boot around the injured left ankle.