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Kings 3-1 Since Cousins' Return, Assists Increase

DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 16.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists in the four games since being his suspension was lifted.

The Kings are 3-1 following his two-game suspension.

Keith Smart said Cousins has done a better job of reading the defense and finding teammates when he's double teamed.

"I hope I don't have to go through all that again to get to this point," Smart said. "But we all know that's the only thing that's missing from his game, to allow his teammates to play with him." 

Cousins said the change in approach is part of him being tired of losing, as well as avoiding bringing negative publicity upon the team.

"Just trying to keep out all the negativity and not bring negativity to this team," Cousins said. "And just trying to have a positive mind. I have a fresh start. It's a fresh year, so let's get all that behind us and let's bring something positive to Sacramento."

Via Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

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