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Free Throws: DMC Returns to Practice

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Free Throws: DMC Returns to Practice

Get the latest on the status of Cousins for Tuesday’s matchup with the Clippers. Plus, Smart dishes on keys to slowing down L.A.

– Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (left quad contusion) returned to the practice floor on Monday, joining his teammates in various drills and scrimmages.

“I feel better,” said Cousins afterward. “(My quad is) still not exactly where I want it to be, but it is better.”

Although No. 15 is listed as questionable for Tuesday’s game against the Clippers, Kings Head Coach Keith Smart anticipates having the big man back in the lineup.

“For the most part, he made it through the whole practice, so I’m sure he’ll be ready to go (Tuesday),” said Smart, adding Cousins will be reevaluated to see how the injury responds following a full practice session.

If he’s cleared to suit up against L.A., the Kentucky product disclosed he’d likely wear a protective pad, like he wore during Monday’s practice, throughout the contest.

“I tried to go earlier without it, and that’s when (my quad) was bumped again, so I had to put the pad on there,” he said.

“If I’m feeling ready to go, I’ll definitely be playing (Tuesday).”

– Smart said the team simulated the up-tempo offense of the Clippers in practice in order for players to become fully familiar with and conceptualize in-game plays.

“We’re trying to get our guys in position on the weakside and anticipating what may happen,” said the Kings leader.

“It’s going to be a tough (game) for us, but we have played them close.”

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– Tyreke Evans (sore right foot), Chuck Hayes (personal reasons) and James Johnson (personal reasons) did not practice on Monday. No. 13 is listed as questionable for Tuesday’s game, while Sacramento’s aforementioned forwards are currently not with the team.

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